Prickly pears for breakfast


Prickly pears are the fruit of a cactus.  I first tried a prickly pear a few years ago when I was on a trip to Santa Barbara for my uncle Jim’s wedding.  I enjoyed the pear, but then I spent the next hour pulling microscopic barbs out of my hands with tweezers. Beware of prickly pears as they are indeed prickly.

I was surprised to see these pears at my local Giant Supermarket yesterday in Mechanicsburg, PA.  They are not quite as fresh as the one I picked in Santa Barbara, but they were definitely the perfect ripeness for eating.


Due to the dangerous cactus covering of these pears, it is wise to handle them while wearing gloves.


To get to the fruit inside, you simply cut the fruit along one side and peel off the outer layer to reveal the beautiful seeded fruit inside.  The seeds are crunchy.  I find these pears reminiscent of a pomegranate, except much sweeter.



Prickly pears have about 40 calories each.  A serving of six pears only contains 240 calories which are made up of 84% carbs, 10% fats (from the seeds), and 6% protein.  Six pears also provide 100% of your daily magnesium, 36% of your daily calcium, and 36% of your daily potassium.


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