Prickly Pear Recipes

The blades must be cooked and softened to have a very pleasant and regular texture. As far as nutritional properties are concerned, they are on excellent levels as they contain vitamins, mineral salts and above all fibres.
Prickly pear cactus blades are also rich in substances that help prevent cancer and according to some studies it has effects on body weight.

Prickly Pear

Prickly pear cactus blades are a rare sight beyond a certain latitude. The prickly pear is grown only in the southern areas of the Mediterranean maquis. Prickly pear cactus blades have a different flavor than the fruit. If the latter tends to be sweet, the blades are slightly acidic.

Fried Prickly Pears Blade

Fried Prickly Pears Blade

The prickly pear cactus blade prepared like a cutlet, breaded with eggs, flour and breadcrumbs, then fried and accompanied by a goat cheese mousse and a roasted tomato sauce, as well as caramelized onion. Your guests will be thrilled, especially for the originality of the dish.

Salad of Prickly Pears

Salad of Prickly Pears

The salad of prickly pears is an out of the ordinary salad, designed to please the palate and be pleasing to the eye, as well as amaze your guests. The term "pale" refers to the shrub of the prickly pear plant, which extends in flat sections.

Preparation of salad of prickly pears.

To prepare the salad of prickly pears, start with the youngest ones. They must be peeled with a normal potato peeler, then washed and deprived of the thorns. At this point, all that remains is to cut them into cubes and transfer them to a very large pot full of water. Then add salt and cook for 30 minutes (starting from the first boil). At this point, drain the shovels and rinse them thoroughly under water to remove the jelly that will have formed. Now take care of the other ingredients. Cut the tomatoes into wedges and reduce the onion into thin slices. Then reduce the feta cheese into cubes and get the juice from the lemons. Combine all ingredients (corn included) in a very large salad bowl. Finally, season with oil, salt, pepper and decorate with a few mint leaves.

Prickly Pear cactus salad ingredients

3 shovels of prickly pears
3 cherry tomatoes
80 g.of pre-cooked corn kernelsa
few mint leaves
2 lemons

80 g.of feta allowed
1 onion4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of salt and pepper.

Preparation of Fried Prickly Pears Blade

To prepare the salad of prickly pears,
put on a pair of gloves and rinse the blades under running water. With the potato peeler, remove the thorns and rinse them, pat them dry with paper towels.
Beat the eggs and season with a pinch of salt and the chopped parsley. Prepare the breadcrumbs seasoned with the grated lemon peel, pepper and salt. Dip the paddles in the beaten eggs, flour them and dip them in the breadcrumbs. In the meantime, heat the oil for frying and as soon as it reaches the temperature, start frying the prickly pear blades. Let them brown on both sides, then place them on absorbent paper. The prickly pear blades are ready to be tasted and perhaps accompanied by a second course of meat or fish.

Fried Prickly Pear ingredients

8 small prickly pear shovels
2 eggs1 lemon (grated peel)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 sprig of parsley to taste
bread crumbs to taste
Flour to taste
salt to taste
pepper to taste
fry oil