Friday, June 8, 2012

Fruits in Turkey: Cactus Fruit / Cactus Pear

It is almost this time of the year to indulge in taste of the cactus fruit. Cactus fruit is a sub-tropical fruit mainly grown in Cyprus but is available in some parts of Turkey (parts that are close to Greece islands - I think!) 

We didn't like the taste of cactus fruit at first but we got used to it the second time around. It's a bit tricky eating the fruit at first  - okay might be tricky eating it at all times that's why we need a pro showing us. 

Some of the information of cactus fruit/ cactus pear:

Interesting Facts about Cactus Pears: Fruits & Veggies More
The cactus pear can be diced like a pineapple and used as a topping on yogurt, cereal, or blended into a smoothie. 
How to Select Cactus Pears
Choose pears that are firm and free from dark spots or mold. Choose fruit with a bright magenta flesh.
How to Store Cactus Pears
Refrigerate unwashed for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Benefits of Cactus Pear
An excellent source of vitamin C and magnesium and a good source of fiber.

Our Turk Grandfather (Dede) closely watching how to prepare the cactus pear!

Our Little Kylie watching on

Cactus Fruits!

and you eat it just like this! 
Our lovely grandmother showing us the cactus fruits from the cactus!
Keep exploring!

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