I was at the fruit section of the grocery store, and something caught my eye. There was a huge sign that said “Tuna”, and under the sign was a box with a weird fruit that I never tried before. Tuna what? I went to look closer, and the unusual fruits had the stickers that said “Cactus Pear”. They were 2 for a dollar, so of course, I had to get some.
Here’s a picture of the cactus pear that I got:
When I got home, I searched the net to find out why the cactus pear was labeled “tuna” at the store. What is just a mistake, or tuna is another name for a cactus pear? A quick Google search for cactus pear tuna revealed that “tuna” indeed is another name for a cactus pear. Cactus pear can be referred to as prickly pear, cactus fruit, cactus fig, Indian fig or tuna!
Here’s how I ate the cactus pear fruit. First I cut it in half. Inside, it had a bright red flesh with lots of seeds.
Below is the picture of the cactus pear fruit cut in half:
Then I scooped out the flesh of the cactus pear fruit with a spoon. Here’s a picture of the cactus pear flesh without the skin:
And here’s a picture of the skin of the cactus pear fruit right after I scooped out all the insides. The skin of the cactus pear is pretty thick, and will go in the garbage!
Cactus pear has pretty large seeds. You can eat cactus pear with the seeds, or you can spit them out. I ate the cactus pear like the pomegranate – put it in my mouth, sucked out all the juice and spit out the seeds.
Here’s the picture of the seeds of the cactus pear fruit:
How does the cactus pear fruit taste? It’s really sweet. Will I buy it again? No. I hated the seeds :) To me, the cactus pear didn’t taste good enough to want to deal with all those seeds.