How to Eat a Prickly Pear Fruit – The Renegade Health Show Episode #138

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As Northeasterners, Annmarie and I really have no right showing you how to eat a prickly pear cactus fruit…

But, there are no videos that I could find on the internet on how to do it. So that means we needed to fill a void and show you how you can enjoy these unique desert fruits. 🙂

Take a look now…

Your question of the day: What is your favorite fruit that you pick?

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Karen Jackson says:

    I’ve always wondered about this fruit. I see it in markets here in Los Angeles. Now I’m going to try it. Thanks!

    Kevin, how could you waste so much water!!! Turn it off when you’re not using it, most especially when you’re in the desert.


  2. Betty says:

    Hey guys… My family’s Italian and we eat these all the time. But we do buy them at ouor grocery store in trays. How we eat them is we usually just make a slit into the skin and peel them like an orange and just eat the whole thing. They’re great!
    Oh, and I look picking peaches 🙂
    Bye guys!

  3. Paulina says:

    my favorite wild fruit are raspberries and blackberries as they are soooo sweet when freshly-picked from the bushes!

  4. Lorie says:

    Hi guys, thanks for this show 🙂

    A few years ago I purchase a prickly pear fruit from a local market and I got one of those things stuck in my finger. I ended up letting the fruit got bad because I was afraid to pick it up again 🙁

    So, now I know how to get them off the fruit and even how to get one out of my finger so I will definitely be picking some up on my next trip to that market.

    The wild fruit that I pick is blackberries and raspberries found along the path I walk. I live in a small city so it is a great treat to find these along the way 🙂

  5. stu says:

    I run them through my Champion juicer which has no problem dealing with the hard seeds, combine the result with orange juice.


    We have them growing in our front yard in NM.

  6. Lori Coleman says:

    Thanks for the hands-on on prickly pear pickin! I can’t wait to get my hands (gloves) on them since they grow all around me here on upcountry Maui! Always wanted to try one but didn’t know how-until now!
    One other question-you mentioned coryceps-which one do you take or recommend?

  7. Irina says:

    Mulberries from the old tree in my backyard!
    Great show guys!
    If you happen to come across prickly pear or tunas, as they are called in Mexico, in a grocery store, the cultivated variety is not as prickly, and you can just peel the skin off like you would peel it off the tangerine. The seeds are also edible; you don’t have to scoop them out, just make sure you don’t bite into them, as they are quite hard. I like to slice the peeled fruit into rounds, arrange it on a plate, and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, add a sprinkle of salt and chili pepper – makes for a beautiful salad! Better yet, just bite into one – they are so succulent and refreshing.
    Looking forward to more cool footage from Sedona!

  8. sarah says:

    mulberries off the trees, prickly pear cacti, blackberries, and raspberries are wild and abundant here in the swampy south usa.

  9. Leonardo says:

    Well, unless you live in an ecohouse, you, Kevin, were wasting a lot of water with that faucet open non-stop.

  10. GISELLE says:

    My stepson lives in Isreal on a mountain. When we were ther visiting him I found fig trees.They were so sweet & delecious. As for the cactus pear they are so common in Isreal. My husband just slices the top & bottom & then slices the middle & peels it off & eats the whole thing with the seeds & all.

  11. KIP says:

    I was at the Raw Spirit Festival too. Saw you there and at Fort Bragg too. Thanks for your dedication and efforts to help everyone live better. Like you, while in Sedona, I went out into the desert and saw those incredibly delicious looking purple fruits and decided to eat a couple. I picked two up fromY the ground and went back to my pickup and washed them off with water from my cooler, using my bare hands. Ouch!! I had those little slivers stuck everywhere in my hands for hours. You can’t even see them. They are so tiny. I had no idea how to get them out. Duct tape what a great idea. I even had some in my picup. Oh well, too late. Next time. Then I peeled one to avoid the slivers. Next I cut the fruit in half. It looked inviting. So, I took a bite. Wow! Those things are full of really hard seeds. The rind was great, but I couldn’t see how to eat it with any economy of effort. I gave up and returned the uneaten fruit to the desert. So, thanks without your tips I would have given up, but now I’m anxious to give it another try. Shows that it is always good to have some advice from someone who knows. I want to go on one of those raw food eating adventures with Victoria Bountenko’s son.

  12. Ralph says:

    Great meeting you at Raw Spirit. Sorry we(Meredith and I) missed the party. As we said we got lost like a few others.

    I wished I would have seen this when we were still there. We had a refreshing cooler made from these by the raw lady from Durango. It was great.
    You do a great job and I look forward to seeing you more. I will try and find some prickly pears in So Cal as its where I am.
    Thanks for the info.
    Keep up the great work you do. I truly love it.

  13. Roni says:

    LOVE the video! I linked to you since my pickly pear experience was a bit of a disaster!

    Thanks for all the great info!

  14. Chile says:

    Nice video! As a native Arizonan, though, I’d like to point out that Arizona Native Plant Law prohibits picking the fruit (or pads) without a permit from the state and then only on private land with the owner’s permission.

    My recent post on making prickly pear jelly includes the link to the state law.

    Regarding dyes, the Native Americans used the cochineal scale insect for a brilliant red dye. You may have noticed some white fuzzy stuff on the prickly pear plants while you were out. That’s the webbing created by the cochineal.

  15. belindas says:

    interesting fruit – but please – you are wasting our most precious resource – WATER! Please stop being so wasteful. 🙁

  16. chris says:

    I grow these , but not yet eaten fruit … my plants are im mature. The glokids can also be removed with duct tape …

  17. Carole says:

    I bought one of these on the streets in Italy where they’re sold for snacks, and the vendor told me to eat the seeds along with the fruit, to prevent constipation from occurring.
    So if you tend to overindulge in the fruit, swallow the seeds as well. 😉

  18. Darcy says:

    A nice little vignette…. thank you for a “hands-on” demo for dealing with ‘tunas’. I know feel more confident in trying them. As others have noted, please try to remember conservation of our precious water.


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