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Can you eat the skin of a cactus pear?

Serving the 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.

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Hereof, how do you peel a cactus pear?

2 Make one long vertical slice down the body of the prickly pear. 3 Slip your finger into the slice and grab a hold of the skin. 4 Peel back the skin: Begin to peel back the thick fleshy skin that's wrapped around the prickly pear. Discard the skin.

Also Know, are there any poisonous prickly pears? Disguised in fuzzy-looking patches, the glochids appear harmless. However, they come off the pad easily and once they've gotten into a person's skin, they can be difficult to remove and cause irritation for days. The pads and fruit of the prickly pear cactus are edible.

Also to know, what part of prickly pear cactus is edible?

The prickly pear plant has three different edible sections: the pad of the cactus (nopal), which can be treated like a vegetable, the petals of the flowers, which can be added to salads, and the pear (tuna), which can be treated like a fruit.

Can prickly pear make you sick?

In some people, prickly pear cactus can cause some minor side effects including diarrhea, nausea, increased amount and frequency of stool, bloating, and headache. In rare cases, eating large amounts of prickly pear cactus fruits can cause a blockage in the lower intestines.

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