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Figs Peaks of the Canary Islands

Figs green peaks of the Canary Islands
Figs green peaks of the Canary Islands

What are peak figs?

They are the sweet fruit of a type of cactus. You can find them in ravines and slopes, next to palm trees, and separated from them. You distinguish them because first an orange flower appears, then the dark green fruit, which softens, and finally the red fruit.

Canary Islands peak fig flower
Canary Islands peak fig flower

Other names for the peak fig

In the Canary Islands the fig peaks are also called; tun figs, or chumbo figs. But it must have countless other names in other countries, such as Nopal in Mexico, where they also eat cactus pulp (a typical dish there that I have eaten in Tenerife called Nopalada).

How it’s and how it’s eaten

Even if it is a fruit that abounds in the Canary Islands, and that there is even a song dedicated to the beak fig, it is not a fruit that eats too much, because you can bite when you catch them, and because it has many pipes inside its pulp.

Mature red-billed figs from the Canary Islands
Mature red-billed figs from the Canary Islands

It is eaten when the fruit is red, or yellow, but care must be taken when collecting it from the cactus. It is normal to take them with gloves, and once placed on the floor on a blanket, sweep them with a clean hatch, to remove the maximum number of their tiny skewers.

When they are clean of skewers;

Step 1; cut the tips of the beak fig

Step 1 Cut the tips of the peak fig of the Canary Islands
Step 1 Cut the tips of the peak fig of the Canary Islands

Step 2; hendir a little the knife into the elongated part, and separate the skin a little with the knife

Step 2 Cut the elongated part of the peak fig of the Canary Islands
Step 2 Cut the elongated part of the peak fig of the Canary Islands

Step 3; stick the fingers of one hand into the slit, while the fingers of the other grab the beak fig by the already cut tips, and gently separate the skin sideways, until it comes out whole

Step 3 separate the skin from the peak fig of the Canary Islands
Step 3 separate the skin from the peak fig of the Canary Islands

And to eat the beak fig, or the blender. enjoy your meal!.

Peeled Canary Islands peak fig
Peeled Canary Islands peak fig

I love to eat them as they are, without the skin, but another option is to put them in the blender to get rid of the pipes, and enjoy the liquid of their pulp.

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How to make a handmade macrame bracelet

Macrame bracelet Shopcanarias.es with shell and colorful balls of the Canarian flag
Macrame bracelet Shopcanarias.es with shell and colorful balls of the Canarian flag

Below you will see the necessary materials, steps to thread the beads in the thread, two tutorial videos, and the final result of a macrame bracelet handmade by ShopCanarias.es.

Materials required;

  • Macrame yarn
  • Beads
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Fishing thread
  • Tweezers to tighten the yarn
Materials needed to make a handmade macrame bracelet

Steps to thread a bead into the thread

We show you below some photos as an example, for when the bead does not enter the thread directly, because of the thickest of the thread;

  • Fold the fishing line in half
  • Tuck the bead through the two ends of the fishing line
  • Put the macrame thread with the bead inside, in the half that’s left over by bending the fishing thread
  • Pull the two ends of the fishing thread, and in this way the bead is inserted into the macrame thread

Tutorial videos on how to make a handmade macrame bracelet

Part One

The first video shows how to make the first half of the bracelet. The other half is done exactly like the first half.

First part of how to make a handmade macrame bracelet by ShopCanarias.es DIY

Part Two

The second video teaches you how to add the fastener threads with beads, to wrap the bracelet to the wrist of the hand. It also shows how to top off the stoppers of the threads that are loose with a lighter.

Part two of how to make a handmade macrame bracelet by ShopCanarias.es DIY

Final result

Now you can see the final result in the following photos. Change the beads, change the color of the thread, and try different combinations. Use the power of your Imagination! 🤭

And if you don’t dare to do it on your own, then look at the bracelets that we have at your disposal in the following link. You can also order them customized;

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Canary Islands Gofio

A sample of Canary Islands Gofio with a corsage of coriander behind
A sample of Canary Islands´s Gofio made with wheat and corn, with a corsage of coriander behind, with wich we make Canary Islands´s Mojo Verde (green sauce)

What is Gofio

Gofio are ground and roasted cereals; wheat, corn (millo), and these ones mixed also with chickpeas, barley, oats, rye, etc. More than 6 million pounds of Gofio are produced every year, and it is consumed in more than 80% of Canary Islands´s homes. As a matter of fact, its consumption dates back centuries, to the Canarian aborigines. But it is also consumed in countries such as; Germany, Japan, Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. And in other areas such as; Miami, Cape Verde, and Occidental Sahara.

By default salt is added to Gofio, but it is also sold without salt, and special for diets, what makes it a product for all audiences. You can mix it with whatever you want (usually with milk, bananas, water, etc.). Even formerly it was mixed with wine (ralera). And it is sold in various weight formats; 17 ounces, 8.8 ounces, monodose packs, etc.

Here in the Canary Islands we consume it on a daily basis. At breakfast; with milk, or as a slice of a sweet kneaded Gofio. At lunch; with a vegetable potage, “escaldón” (adding lots of Gofio to a vegetable soup until it gets too dense), or as a slice of kneaded Gofio with water and salt. At snack time with bananas, or with figs. And at dinner or supper, I at least sprinkle a little bit of Gofio on the yogurt or on the vegetable potage, specially when I´m hungry. “Para gustos hay colores” (a Spanish saying which means that there are as many personal preferences as colors exists).

If you want to read and watch a video of how to make a sweet kneaded Gofio recipe, then click on the link at the end of this post.

It is usually a complement to typical Canarian foods, for example with “papas arrugadas” (“wrinkled” potatoes stewed with water and coarse salt), with “mojo verde” (green sauce with coriander), with “mojo rojo picón” (red hot sauce with hot peppers), and with “pescado salado” (it is made with fish preserved in salt, which is desalted for days, before being stewed with other ingredients).

Still life made by ShopCanarias.es with Gofio, Papas, pineapple, dehydrated figs, and Mojo Verde
Still life made by ShopCanarias.es with; Gofio, “Papas”, Canary Islands´s tropical pineapple, dehydrated figs, and “Mojo Verde”

Advantages of the Canary Islands´s Gofio

Canary Islands´s Gofio got on year 2014 the official record as a designation of origin of Europe (also named IGP or Protected Geographical Indication).

Furthermore, Gofio is a very nutritious food;

• It´s healthy because it only contains cereals (and salt, if it is preferred that way)
• It has high nutritional value, because it contains all the grain´s parts (endoesperm, germ and bran)
• It has high mineral content
• It hasn´t more than 370 Kcal / 3.5 ounces
• It has low fat content (5% max.)
• It has low saccharose content (usually lower than 1%)
• It has high quality energy (frequently it has a 79% of starch)
• It has proteins (min. 7%)
• It has vegetable fiber content (min. 1,5%)
• And it has 50% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins; B3, and D.

Next you will see a couple of links to some of the studies carried out on Gofio;

  • https://www.internationaljournalofcardiology.com/article/S0167-5273(15)00605-1/abstract
  • http://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/nh/v29n3/31originalotros02.pdf

So, What are you waiting to eat some Gofio?

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