Last week we ate fruit from the prickly pear cactus. Prickly pears grow in the dry habitats of the southwestern United States.
We first learned about prickly pears when our classmate Cole brought back some prickly pear pads and fruit from his trip to Arizona.
Mrs. Fraher’s class also sent us some prickly pear jelly (which was delicious!) but we wanted to try to the real thing.
Mr. Salsich got some prickly pear fruit from the supermarket for us to try. When the fruit is sold in a store, the spines and stinging hairs (“glochids”) have all been removed, so they are safe to hold and to eat.
Here is a video of us trying the fruit, with our reactions to it, and some of the things we learned from eating it: