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Plural: tunas

Language: Spanish

Description: Prickly pear. Barbary fig. The prickly pear is the delicious but risky fruit of a cactus. The sweet, juicy flesh ripens from green to a deep apricot-pink colour. It is sensible to use leather gloves when dealing with these fruit as they are covered in fine, penetrating prickles. They are normally eaten raw but can be cooked, with the edible seeds becoming hard with cooking.

Prickly pears growing on the ruins at Mitla

Pronounced: TOO-nah
Latin: Opuntia ficus-indica, O. megacantha
Ethnicity: Mexican
Most frequent country: Mexico

See places: Mexican food and cuisine

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