Prickly Pear Jelly


This prickly pear jelly is my grandmother's recipe. It is good on anything grape jelly is good on! Handle prickly pears carefully, wearing gloves. Store jelly in a cool, dark area.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 1 hr
3 pints, or 6 half-pints


  • 27 prickly pears (cactus fruit)

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 1 (1.75 ounce) package fruit pectin (such as Sure-Jell®)

  • 4 ½ cups white sugar


  1. Simmer 3 pint-size jars in a large pot of water until jelly is ready. Wash the lids and rings in warm, soapy water.

  2. Slice ends off each prickly pear. Make 1 long vertical slit down each one. Use slit to hold skin and peel off. Discard peel.

  3. Place peeled pears in a blender; purée in batches until liquefied. Press puréed mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Discard pulp and seeds.

  4. Measure out 3 cups prickly pear juice and pour into a large pot. Add lemon juice and pectin; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add sugar and return to a boil, stirring constantly. Let cook at a boil until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  5. Pour prickly pear jelly into the hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a clean knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with the lids and screw on the rings.

  6. Place a rack in the bottom of a stockpot and fill halfway with water; bring to a boil. Lower jars 2 inches apart into boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water to cover jars by at least 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil, cover the stockpot, and process for 15 minutes.

  7. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface several inches apart. Let cool for at least 24 hours. Press the center of each lid with a finger to ensure the lid does not move up or down. Remove the rings for storage and store in a cool, dark area.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
1g Fat
49g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 17mg 87%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 259mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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