Prickly Pear Preserves (Yucatán)

Prickly Pear Preserves (Yucatán)

Prickly Pear Preserves (Yucatán)

In order to preserve the beautiful dark-purple color of the prickly pears, be sure to cook the preserves over medium heat so they simmer, not boil. Keep an eye on them toward the end of cooking; overcooking can also turn them brown.


2 prickly pears

One 1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Remove the skin from the prickly pears. Put the flesh in a bowl and break it apart with a spoon until liquefied. Combine the prickly pear, ginger, vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a medium-size saucepan, bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half and syrupy, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool, then strain out the seeds and ginger.

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