Prickly Pear Limeade

It was really tough to figure out what to make with only 24 hours and even less time with daylight to take somewhat visible pictures. These aren’t exactly my best, but I did the bets I could. I used the recipe provided from Tastemade and you should really go there and check it out.

This blog could truthfully be a lesson on how to be disappointed but to roll with it anyway. Raw prickly pears were not delicious like I wanted. I wanted some sweet maybe tangy fruit to just melt in my mouth. Instead I got a weird slush with seeds I kept spitting out and losing some of the juice.

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Most of the recipes I found were utilizing the juice of the prickly pear and it seemed more and more to be used as more of a flavoring agent than a pick it up and eat it thing. When life gives you prickly pears, make some prickly pear limeade after spending half a day trying to figure out what to make with them. Ingredient list is short and I’m not completely sold on the sweetener has to be agave nectar, but I thought it would be neat to try as a side thing.

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I had to deal with the seeds though. There is no way I could just ignore those awful things. The trick is to blend it up for a bit and put it through a sieve/colander/something to catch the bits for you.

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This was more like it. The tangy limes really made the cactus fruit have more of a flavor to it and the sweetener made it more palatable. I still can’t figure out what exactly that flavor is other than the lime and agave but there was something else mingling in there that just clicked with the other ingredients. I must also say a little bit of tequila may turn this into something amazing.

Author: Olivia O.

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

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