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yes its definitely cactus pear.. but its not ripe yet... once ripe it'll be orange (or yellow and becoming close to it). Soaking or washing in water can help dislodge spines. I normally use gloves or a towel when handling. They are found on just about every Australian latitude along roadsides where migrants have settled. They're extremly drought tolerant and grow from cuttings. The actual leaves on the cactus itself are also edible but astringent. Ive seen it consumed a bit like people drink aloe vera.. but of course one would have to do something about the prickles before consuming. Cant say I've got around to eating any part of it other than its fruit.
y..... The actual leaves on the cactus itself are also edible but astringent. Ive seen it consumed a bit like people drink aloe vera.. but of course one would have to do something about the prickles before consuming....
The fruit is the best part to eat. Peeling the "leaves" is the way to treat them.
The young leaves (in Spring) are said to be much better than older ones.
Once collected, they are peeled (with a potato peeler, or knife)
Boiled (usually with 1 or 2 changes of ware) or grilled