Outtakes, August 22nd: behind Autumn Makes & Does this week

by autumn on August 22, 2014

Prickly Pears // Autumn Makes & Does

It has been a big week of food-learning here! Last weekend we learned about harvesting and cooking both prickly pear cactus paddles (nopales) and their bright magenta fruit, which are at their peak of ripeness right now. I sampled some smoked nopales, which were so darn good–bright, smoky, chewy–that they bumped a smoker up a couple spots on my must haves list. Tomorrow is the—wait for it–Prickly Pear Festival and I’m pretty amped about it. Expect a lot of bright pink treats here in the coming weeks because we also spent this afternoon harvesting a couple big bowls full of prickly pear fruit. I think I’ve found the desert equivalent of when the first rhubarb shows up at the Union Square Greenmarket 🙂


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Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough August 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Prickly pear = INTRIGUED. Also, thanks so much for the link love, lady! Happy weekend wishes. 🙂


2 Carol August 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

I didn’t even know there was a Prickly Pear Festival-that’s so cool! Enjoy your weekend!


3 Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño August 30, 2014 at 2:33 am

I know someone who tried to eat the prickly pear prickles and all—yawoza! Talk about a sore tongue! Hope you have better luck!


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