When we go to town, we pass by a couple of spots along the roadside that are just covered in prickly pear with ripe fruit. It’s killing Vince that it’s there . . free . . and no one is doing anything with it. There are probably rail car loads of ripe fruit within a one mile radius of our house that no one is picking so . . Vince . . we cannot use every ripe prickly pear in this county! He wanted me to go with him to pick them. No! I am NOT going . . wading through snake infested brush, to get more free fruit.
He decided he would go do it. I said . . PLEASE do not get more than two buckets of fruit. I should have said one!
Three buckets may not seem like much but it’s 15 gallons of fruit to be processed.
I can’t be angry with him because this stuff is so darned good! There are two double batches of prickly pear syrup in the canner now. It is so good for prickly pear lemonade, prickly pear tea and prickly pear juice is said to have health benefits. Probably not under the heading of healthy drinks but prickly pear syrup does amazing things to a margarita.
Only one though . . there’s a whole lot of pears to juice and a whole lot of syrup and jelly to be made before bedtime!