Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear FruitAnyone who’s been up around 4 in the morning looking for something on TV has seen the ad for the super juice made from the fruit of the nopal cactus.

Well, that’s prickly pear.  They grow in abundance in my front yard.

I pick the fruit with metal tongs, then burn the spines (spikes! LOL) off with a torch.  Then I toss them in a bucket.  Once I’ve got as much as I think I can use OR I get tired – which ever comes first, in we go.  I don my kevlar gloves – even though we’ve burned the ouchiest parts off them, there can still be little tiny spines that will burrow into the skin – and peel the fruits.   Each one has many tiny pricklypear15black seeds inside.  Those seeds are hard as rocks!   Once the fruits are peeled and seeded, they’re edible.  To me, they taste a little like melon.   I think they make pretty good syrup for our gluten free/grain free pancakes and waffles.   They also seem to make pretty nifty soap!

Enriched with prickly pear fruit, goat milk, beer, aloe, jojoba oil and avocado oil, with a super fat of 7%, this is a super bar of soap.  It also has meadowfoam seed oil and can be used as a solid shampoo.

The fragrance is a blend of phthalate free fragrance and essential oils.  It’s quite a sweet floral, but isn’t cloying.    This is a low coconut formula, meaning it will cleanse, but not be too drying.  The suds will be low instead of a high, bubbly lather.

As always, the colors are natural minerals.

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