Week 16 Prickly Pears

I have been holding onto these for quite some time now. I had heard of prickly pears from an ancient song about bear necessities but never seen them or even heard anyone say they have even had one. So when I was just perusing the local produce section as I am wont to do, I stopped in my tracks when I saw a basket full of these. There was no sign, no price tag and only one had a sticker with the PLU number on it. I figured these may just be available at all stores so I told myself I’d come back.

Five stores later I realized this was the only place in a ten mile radius that sold them. I bought some, still not sure what they were, and waited for my receipt in anticipation.

Cactus pears it is!

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I rushed my loot home and began to research what I could do with them. Comparing them to pictures online, I also realized these aren’t the freshest specimens. They were a bit wrinkly and small but considering these were the only ones available I’d be a fool to pass them up.

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These were a bit of a challenge to figure out what to make with them. There weren’t many left at the store in fair condition either so I had to work with what I got. This was literally the day before I started Whole30 (which was a smashing success by the way) so time was a factor as well. I was able to put something together though and I hope you all stumble upon some fresher ones and tell me what you think.

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Author: Olivia O.

East Tennessee native with an interest in food and trying new things.

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