The Next Gay Fruit

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    Aug 16, 2007 6:04 PM GMT
    Guys, you gotta try out this awesome fruit!

    My brother just bought three cases of what we Mexicans call "Tunas". "Tunas" are also known as Prickly Pears to the Texans. In any language, the fruit is a sure cure for any dieter who is seeking something sweet and nutritious.

    Tunas grow on cactus plants throughout the Americas. Different species create different flavors and textures. My case has a variety with lime-green rinds and violet-red flesh, to the rosey tunas with white flesh and black seeds.

    The flavor is an entirely new sensation than any other fruit. But, to match it you'd have to sucessfully blend a watermelon's texture with the combined flavors of melon, cherry, and notes of floral blossom.

    Check your local grocer or specialty farmer's market for imported tunas in your town.

    The season is almost ending, get em while they're HOT! (but serve them chilled!)

    see the photo link below!

    http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/8138/pricklypearcactusfruitsln3.jpg
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    Aug 16, 2007 6:25 PM GMT
    Hah hah. Not very likely. Out here in the boonies, the really exotic "gourmet" items in the grocery store are things like cottage cheese or maybe avocados.

    I have seen a lot of prickly pear growing in Andalusia, where they grow it in hedges to separate cattle pastures. Kind of like living barbed wire!
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 16, 2007 8:04 PM GMT
    I don't believe they are available here in Ireland.

    Is this a large plant?

    You can buy cactus plants here in pots, but I don't know if you can get ones that bare fruit.

    Is Tunas the name of the cactus plant?

    Mike
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    Aug 16, 2007 8:05 PM GMT
    come to Arizona MikePhil...there are cactus all over the place
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 16, 2007 8:11 PM GMT
    Maybe one day, but I'm looking for a quick fix for now :-)
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    Aug 16, 2007 8:58 PM GMT
    I'll stick to my candy ice cream and anything that i can cook bake or sautee. Maybe this fruit could be used in cooking? or does it always have to be chilled. I need to try them raw first to see what i can cook with them. Oh and I'm not worried about the barbed wire as long as i have my gloves and a butcher knife I'm good.......VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON!!!
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    Aug 18, 2007 8:01 PM GMT
    Well, the plant is a cactus. I am bad with names, but the variety that looks like "succulent spiney pads" produce the red "tuna". The ones in Mexico grow as big as Oak trees and produce the sweet green kind.

    The "sajauro" cactus (the one that looks like Marge Simpson with her arms bend upwards) produces the smooth "white-flesh" fruit and has virtually no needles.

    Once peeled, teh tuna can be eaten raw - seeds and all. Fiber is heavy, but not too stringy. Be careful! You will get things "moving along", if you know what I mean!

    Cook them down and strain out the seeds. The pulp can be used for jams, jellies or even a iced cold drink when diluted. Add some Splenda to sweeten the deal.

    I just ate some - the taste is actually VERY floral. That is because a flower produced it, duh... LOL