It’s going to be another great year for prickly pear tunas in the North County San Diego back country. We’ll start harvesting them in about a month. Tunas are the fruit from the prickly pear cactus. The photo above was taken last September of the left-over compost material from making tuna juice which is delicious and healthful, as are the tunas themselves. The tunas are from the Opuntia ficus-indica, a domesticated species with fewer thorns, making gathering them much easier.
Abe Sanchez and I travelled to Oaxaca City in the spring. Our first day there, we ordered nopales chunks (the cactus pads) sauteed with onions and tomatoes for breakfast at the mercado. When we noticed the sign for tuna ice cream, we ordered that as well. It’s made from tunas, but they’re much smaller than the ones shown above.