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 Post subject: Help me identify this fruit please
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:58 pm 
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Anyone know what this fruit is? Sorry the photo is not any better. My husband brought home a bunch of fruit from a fruit basket today and this was in it. I did a search and looked for pics online but was coming up empty. I think 'odd fruit' search just returns too many results. I want to cut it open for more details but my husband does not want to cut until we know what it is.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me identify this fruit please
PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:59 pm 
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prickly pear, i think?

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I think it's prickly pear, too. But it's usually red...maybe that is overripe?

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ijustdiedinside wrote:
prickly pear, i think?


Thanks so much! I did a search on prickly pear and I think that is it. It is not real spiky on the exterior but the rest looks the same. Now that I hear that name I recall it being used a few times on Chopped (once for a sorbet). Now I wish I had more of them to try it out - that was the only one in the basket.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:11 pm 
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alinaspencil wrote:
I think it's prickly pear, too. But it's usually red...maybe that is overripe?


Yeah, the color is kinda dark purple. A small squeeze test indicates its very firm. Never having prickly pear before I'm not sure if that is under or overripe.


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Yeah, prickly pear! Careful with handling them...sometimes they have cactusy microfine pokers on them that embed themselves right in your skin. But they are tasty in salads.

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Damn! As an Arizona native I wish I was the first to identify this. Stuff grows wild around here.

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I got excited to see one at the grocery store not too long ago. When I was young, I would try to grab them straight off the cactus which ended up in my mother sitting me down to remove all the little thorns.

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