|Strange looking things, which turned out to be cactus fruit.|
|Cross section of a cactus fruit.|
|Prickly pear still on the cactus, shamelessly lifted from Wikipedia.|
The next day, my hands were still feeling irritated. And because I hadn't cleaned the table properly, I picked up a couple more prickles. I gave up, and threw the rest of the fruit away (they were still green anyway).
Would I eat them again? Only with extreme caution. I might have to try burning the tiny spikes off, as some people seem to do. Or cook them away in a jam. I have nothing against the flavour of the fruit, but trying to eat them the way I did is more trouble than it's worth.
|Prickly pears at the supermarket, below the eggplants.|
|Prickly pears at the market.|