This is not a normal recipe post. Actually, it is not a recipe at all. When I went to Leichhardt (Sydney’s Little Italy) last week, I saw these prickly pears (Wiki) and I could not resist: I had to buy them. It is the first time I have seen them here in Sydney and they reminded me so much of home… Well, they actually reminded me of Sicily where there are plenty of prickly pears. I used to eat so many during my summer holidays! I remember my mom cleaning them with thick gloves, trying to avoid getting poked by the very thin and small spines.
Luckily nowadays, they are sold without spines… or without most of them anyway. You still need to be careful and handle them with care, as the spines are so thin that it is difficult to get rid of all of them.
They look really pretty. They come in different colours and shades: mainly green, pink and yellow. They are very sweet and juicy and their flesh contains many small hard seeds that are usually swallowed.
How do you eat them? It is very simple. Using a fork and a knife remove the ends, cut the thick outer skin and peel it off.
Put the prickly pears in the fridge for at least 1 hour, as they are best eaten cold.
By the way… Happy Easter everyone! 🙂