It is time to prepare a pretty prickly pear punch for our pink party.

 

In our part of the country prickly pears grow like weeds. Prickly pears produce fruit that have a bright pink liquid, almost fuchsia in colour. It has a sweet taste, almost like cotton candy or bubble gum. Prickly pear products are always good for supper invite. A bright fuchsia sorbet or margarita is met with ‘oh’ and ‘ah’ and a few ‘what the hells?”.

The first step: picking prickly pears from public property plants, of which we have plenty.

This is best done in the morning before it gets too hot and before passers-by want to know what the hell you are doing.

What to bring on a prickly pear pick – 

Tongs 

A bucket

What not to bring on a prickly pear pick –

Daisy Duke Shorts

Harper

The fruits of my labor.

Apparently I am a tad early as many were not quite ripe. But this morning’s endeavor is merely the ‘first sweep’. Tomorrow I will get more.

Then comes the task of cleaning and mashing and cooking.

More to come!