How to Make Cactus Juice


Prickly pear cactus fruit is the best variety of cactus to use when making juice.The fruit ranges in color from green to purplish-red, with yellow to red flesh. Because this fruit can vary widely in size, determining how much juice you'll get from it can be difficult. Cactus juice is simple to make; the only tough part is dealing with the prickly pear stickers, which can be rough on your fingers.

Step 1

Place the prickly pears in a large saucepan. Cover them with boiling water, and let them sit 2-3 minutes to soften their stickers.

Step 2

Pour out the water. Peel the prickly pears, and cut them into chunks.

Step 3

Place the prickly pear chunks in a medium-size saucepan. Add enough water to cover them.

Step 4

Boil 5 minutes on high heat, and then remove from heat.

Step 5

Pour the boiled water and prickly pears through cheesecloth into a large bowl or heat-tolerant pitcher. Throw away the seeds, draining as much of the juice as possible.

Step 6

Stir in sugar and lime or lemon juice, and then allow the juice to cool. Store the cactus juice in the refrigerator in a sealed container.

Tips and Warnings

  • When peeling the prickly pears, use gloves to protect your hands from the stickers.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 prickly pears
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Water
  • Large saucepan
  • Medium saucepan
  • Pitcher or large bowl
  • Cheesecloth (or strainer)
  • 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
  • Sealed container
  • Blender (optional)


  • Cactus Recipes

Who Can Help

  • Prickly Pear Cactus Juice
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