Prickly Pear Fruit – Inspired from an Arizona Hike

Prickly Pear Fruit Inspired from an Arizona Hike Forever sabbatical

Prickly pear fruit is abundant during the season in the Arizona desert. As Hunter and I hiked on many trails over the years we have wondered what we could make to eat from the prickly pear fruit. It was not until I attended Arizona’s Becoming an Outdoor Women weekend did we decide to make prickly pear jelly and margaritas.

Picking Fruit

Prickly Pear Fruit Forever sabbatical

Get permission to pick the fruit. I was able to connect with a landowner who permitted us to pick a 5-gallon bucket full. We wore leather gloves and used long-handled tongs to pick the ripe fruit off the ground and plant.

Preparing the Fruit

Prickly Pear prep

Once we brought the bucket home, we tried a few different techniques to remove the thorns. We tried burning them off, which did not work. The fastest way was to peel/cut the sides off while wearing leather gloves and using the tongs to hold the fruit.

Using a juicer, we juiced the insides. Then we filtered the juice through cloth towels multiple times to remove any extra thorns.

Prickly Pear Margaritas

There are many recipes on the internet for creating the prickly pear syrup. Just so you know you get to add a lot of sugar. Next, we blended ice with the syrup and tequila. Hunter found green sugar/salt to cover the rim. Not only did it look good, but it tasted good too. Thank you to Arizona’s Becoming an Outdoor Women group for the idea to make margaritas.

Prickly Pear Marg forever sabbatical

Prickly Pear Jelly

Hunter’s Mom had all the utensils for making jelly. We supplied the jars, prickly pear juice, and sugar. Notice how everything has sugar. Together we make many jars. Find your favorite recipe online and go for it. By the way, the jelly was delicious.

Food-Inspired from an Arizona Hike

Have you been on a hike and seen a fruit that you thought, I bet I can make something to eat from that? If yes, what did you or would you create?

32 thoughts on “Prickly Pear Fruit – Inspired from an Arizona Hike
  1. I love this! When we hike we do not see a lot of fruit much less prickly pear. This creativity for multiple uses is awesome! Definitely inspiring.

  2. How cool to create using food that inspired you on your hike! Sounds like the woman’s weekend was great too!

    1. Yes, it was a lot of work. Hunter said we should just purchase the margarita mix at the store next time. LOL

  3. This is so fun! We always enjoy a prickly pear margarita when we visit Vegas – we have a favorite spot that has an excellent happy hour! I’ve never actually seen a prickly pear before though so that was pretty darn cool! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I’d heard of pricky pears, but I’d never really seen what people make with them. The jelly and the margarita both look good. When I’m in the Southwest, I will look to try these!

    1. It is not like any other taste. The juice with sugar was very sweet. Hunter thinks the fruits itself taste like dirt. LOL

  5. I have never heard of prickly pear before, but it looks very versatile. I don’t think it is something I would have thought about eating before now, but I would love to try it!

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