Prickly pear cacti.  Around here they grow almost everywhere.
It is said that the first ones were planted by Venetians on Crete and on the Aegean islands.

They are easy to grow… even on a stone wall nearby a minoan site.



They provide fences for the Cretan olive groves.


And their fruits are delicious…


The best way to enjoy them? Eat them chilled.

Of course, peel them first, to remove the spines (Hold prickly pears down with a fork. Use a small sharp knife to cut off their ends, make incisions lengthwise down them and carefully peel the tough skin.)
In Greek they are called French figs (fragosyka), Paul’s figs (pavlosyka), soft figs (apalosyka), shoe figs (papoutsosyka).


5 thoughts on “PRICKLY PEARS

  1. Great minds think alike. I’ve taken lots of photos of prickly pears and I’m waiting to post them when I write about our trip to Sparta. My SIL peels them without using a fork. Don’t know how she manages. However they are delicious.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s