Prickly pear syrup is the style of childhood within the Karoo. It by no means lasted greater than per week in our house, and it has been missed dearly throughout the previous few dry years. This 12 months, because of Tannie Boy, we now have the style of our childhood once more.
The author helps the Present of the Givers Basis’s Drought Aid programme.
There are a lot of sophisticated meals folkways within the South African culinary repertoire, however the making of prickly pear syrup exceeds all of them. No contest. I’ve heard of two-day baking marathons and the spitbraaiing of a complete ox, which all takes dedication and stamina. However nothing comes near the hassle wanted to make one small cup of prickly pear syrup.
Prickly pears are robust buggers. They’ve tailored to the arid-most components of our county and like most issues there, they do not go down and not using a struggle. Even the enjoyment of consuming them as a snack in summer time usually would not justify the hassle of choosing and peeling them. Prickly pear fruits have microscopic thorns that lodge in your flesh and nostrils and make you itch for days on finish. They’ll blind you if the wind blows whereas choosing. After which, as…