Ingredients:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 6 prickly pear cactus fruit, peeled
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Sugar cookies or shortbread for serving, if you like
  • Mint sprigs for garnish, if you like

Method:

1. Put the sugar and water into small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then cool.

2. Cut the cactus fruit into large chunks and put into blender jar. Blend until smooth. Add sugar water and lemon juice and blend until combined.

3. Pour the mixture through fine strainer placed over a bowl, pressing solids to extract as much liquid as possible.

4. Pour mixture into freezer-safe 8" x-10" baking dish.

5. Transfer to freezer and freeze, scraping surface every 20 to 30 minutes with a fork until fluffy and frozen completely, about 2 hours.

6. To serve, loosen crystals with fork and use large spoon or ice cream scoop to transfer to serving dishes.

7. Serve immediately with cookies and garnished with fresh mint.

Serves 4-6.

Difficulty: Easy

Put sugar and water into small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Then cool. Cut the cactus fruit into large chunks and put into blender jar. Blend until smooth it becomes smooth.