The fruit of the prickly pear cactus (often called 'cactus fig' or 'tuna,') is sweet and juicy. Coupled with lime and frozen, it makes a light, refreshing summer treat. You can find cactus fig at any Mexican grocery and at some gourmet markets.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
5 hrs 35 mins
total:
5 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
1 pint
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Remove the outer skin of the cactus figs to expose the light green flesh. Push the flesh through a mesh sieve into a bowl, collecting the juice and trapping the seeds and pulp.

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  • Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; allow to cool slightly, about 15 minutes.

  • Stir cactus juice and lime juice into the sugar water. Mix thoroughly; chill for 1 hour.

  • Pour cactus-lime mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions, about 20 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

130 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 33g 11% DV; fat 0.4g 1% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 5.8mg. Full Nutrition
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