This is the time of year the prickly pear fruits (tunas) are ripe . . all along the sides of many of the highways, and some empty lots are just full of them. Lots of people have cactus all over their land and most people detest them. We have very few cactus and kinda wish we had more . . especially this time of year.
A friend has a ranch with tons of prickly pear. Last year, he picked several boxes full of prickly pear for us. This year, he kept saying “want more?” but the timing just hasn’t been good with the health issues I’ve been having. Yesterday I was taking a nap and I heard the phone ring . . and then I heard Vince say “Sure, we’re home, come on over!” I’m thinking . . I feel terrible, the house is a disaster and someone is coming over so I got out of bed and Vince said the friend was bringing over prickly pear. I didn’t want to deal with it but I knew I’d be happy to get them.
Yes, those are tomatoes from the garden too! Thank goodness the guy only brought over one five gallon bucket of tunas. But then Vince went out to our few plants and picked another half bucket.
Thank goodness for the Mehu Liisa steam juicer. It’s another one of those fairly expensive gadgets but it makes this kind of job so easy. Some of my kitchen gadgets I don’t use real often but when I need them, I am so happy to have them!
Crazy me . . I was thinking I’d fill 3 half gallon jars but we ended up with a bit more.
Vince had already taken some of the juice to the fridge but we ended up with almost 5 gallons of juice. Some will be made into jelly. Some will be made into syrup. Some will be left as juice and frozen or canned.