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How to make Prickly Pear Jelly! So Yum!

How to make Prickly Pear Jelly! So Yum!

Prickly Pear Jelly: A Sweet Treat with a Southwestern Twist

Prickly pear jelly is a delicious and unique jelly that is made from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. The fruit is a deep purple color and has a slightly sweet, tart flavor. When made into jelly, the fruit takes on a vibrant pink color and has a slightly jelly-like consistency. Prickly pear jelly is a popular jelly in the Southwestern United States, where the prickly pear cactus is native. It is often served on toast, biscuits, or pancakes, or used as a topping for ice cream or yogurt.

Making Prickly Pear Jelly

Making prickly pear jelly is relatively easy. The first step is to gather the ingredients. You will need prickly pear fruit, lemon juice, sugar, and pectin. Once you have gathered your ingredients, you can begin the process of making the jelly.

  1. Wash the prickly pear fruit thoroughly.
  2. Peel the prickly pear fruit.
  3. Cut the prickly pear fruit into small pieces.
  4. Combine the prickly pear fruit, lemon juice, and sugar in a large pot.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the fruit is soft and the liquid has thickened.
  7. Add the pectin and stir until it is dissolved.
  8. Bring the mixture back to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
  9. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  10. Pour the jelly into sterilized jars and seal.
  11. Let the jelly cool completely before storing it in a cool, dark place.


Prickly pear jelly is a delicious and unique jelly that is perfect for any occasion. It is a great way to enjoy the flavors of the Southwest, and it is sure to be a hit with your friends and family.

Here are some additional tips for making prickly pear jelly:

  • If you are unable to find prickly pear fruit, you can substitute canned prickly pear pulp or juice.
  • For a more intense flavor, you can add more prickly pear fruit to the jelly.
  • To prevent the jelly from crystalizing, you can add a small amount of calcium water to the mixture. Calcium water is made by dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of calcium chloride in 1 cup of water.
  • To test the jelly for doneness, place a small amount on a cold plate. If the jelly wrinkles when you push it with your finger, it is ready.
  • Prickly pear jelly can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.
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Maryanne - May 3, 2024

Please can you tell me where I can purchase prickly pear sour belt candies. I used to get them at the Arboretum but they are all out. Thank you!

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