Tunas: Cactus Fruit, the Prickly Pear

It’s funny how we tend to assume everyone around us is familiar with the things we know. We become so comfortable and familiar with our surroundings that when we encounter someone new or expose something we’re very familiar with to another and they have no idea what we are talking about, we’re almost immediately taken aback. More and more that’s been happening to us lately.

Not sure what that says about us exactly… but most recently cactus fruit or prickly pears were the reason we were asking, “really? you’ve never heard of them?!”

In hindsight, it’s easy to see how the very question could be more “in your face” than we intend it to be, but it does kind of just slip out as an immediate gut reaction. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of one of these such outbursts, believe us… it’s us, not you. Like, for real!

Be that as it may, nonetheless, if you’re not familiar, tunas are cactus fruit, a.k.a. prickly pears. They grow on cactus and come in various colors, from green to red, and a very deep purple. When they’re ripe they are very delicious, but you have to be careful because they’re covered in cactus needles and you have to brush those off before you peel a tuna. Inside they do have lots of seeds as well… almost like a pomegranate. Still, that should be no reason not to indulge in this tasty treat.

Grab a few next time you come across them at your local fruit market or grocery store, just don’t eat too many of them all at once. That won’t be good for anyone. Especially not your tummy.

Tunas: Cactus Fruit, the Prickly Pear

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