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Prickly Pear (Tunas) Aguas Frescas These cool drinks are made with water, fruit and a sweetener (typically sugar) and are commonly served in Mexico by street vendors in barrel shaped clear jars called a vitrolero. You will also find them in many Mexican takeout restaurants. Aguas frescas are the drink of choice in most Mexican cantinas
Article by: Barbara Bowman
Prickly Pear Fruit (Tunas)
The prickly pear fruits (fruit of the Opuntia cactus), referred to as Tunas in Spanish are eaten in Mexico as well as the in the Mediterranean In Italy they are called fichi d'india. The most common varieties eaten are the yellow, white, and purple pears. The pears with the purple interior are the sweetest. The fruit has numerous tiny spines and must be carefully peeled before eating. They can be eaten chilled or room temperature. It is customary in Italy to present the fruit in a bowl of cold water.
The prickly pear fruit is also the base for prickly pear jams and jellies as well as Mexican "cactus candy".
Prickly Pear Agua Fresca Recipe
I N G R E D I E N T S
4 prickly pear, peeled
1/4 cup sugar
Juice of 2 limes plus slices for garnish
1/4 teaspoon ground canela
I N S T R U C T I O N S
Puree pears in a blender. Pass through a fine sieve. Puree pear liquid, sugar, lime juice, canela, and ice in a blender 1 minute. Pour into glasses, garnish with lime slices.