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.
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.
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 2; hendir a little the knife into the elongated part, and separate the skin a little with the knife
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
And to eat the beak fig, or the blender. enjoy your meal!.
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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