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General Produce

Prickly Pears

Prickly Pears
Receiving Inspecting:

Good-quality prickly pears should be tender and well-colored. Avoid moldy fruit or fruit with soft spots. Prickly pears are ready to eat when they are slightly soft, but not mushy.

Storage Handling:

Short-term storage recommendation (7 days or less)

  • 45-50° F/7-10° C
  • 85-95% relative humidity
7 to 14 days.

Prickly pears bruise easily; handle with care.

Brown discoloration of skin and water-soaked spots are indications of chill injury; store properly.

Usage Ideas:

  • Stir puréed red prickly pear into lemonade.
  • Stir minced prickly pears into nopale salad; dress with creamy roasted onion vinaigrette.
Seasonal Availability:

Major production areas include California and Mexico.