2nd October 2019

thespruceeats
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Can you eat the seeds of a prickly pear?

Now that the skin is removed, you can slice up the prickly pear to eat. The prickly pear has small, hard seeds that you cannot bite through, but they are safe to swallow if you prefer. Or you can chew on the fruit and seeds and spit the seeds out. You can also use a juicer or strainer to remove the seeds.

Can you eat the fruit of a prickly pear cactus?

The flesh of the prickly pear can be used to make jam, jelly, sorbet, wine, and "cactus candy." The seeds can be consumed with the fruit (but be careful not to bite into them, as they're quite hard) or spit out. Some people eat the seeds in soup or dry them to be ground into flour.
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