When I was at the Farmers Market two weeks I spied a little fruit that I had not seen in a long, long time. I use to see it all the time when I lived in California, but never had I seen it here in South Carolina! Cactus Pear!! They were at a pretty good price as well (3/$1.00). So, I bought a bunch and got them home to make a great jam! Here is what I came up with!!
Cactus Combo Jam!
9 Cactus Pears (peeled) and pureed in a food processor (with the seeds!)
Zest of 1 lime
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp Vanilla Paste
2 cups of Demarara Sugar (Raw Sugar)
1 pkg of Low Sugar Sure Jel
Be sure you peel the entire peel of the cactus pear (mine had no 'thorns' so I didn't have to wear gloves! You can find directions online on how to peel the pears here). Puree the center of the pear in a food processor, seeds and all. Combine the remaining ingredients except the sure jel until it reaches a boiling point. Simmer 5 minutes. Add the sure jel and bring to a boil again for one minute. Ladle into prepared jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. Water bath jar for 10 minutes. Yield is approx 2 half pints and 1 quarter pint (depending on size of cactus pears!). It tastes oh so good!! I will definitely be making more of this!! Enjoy!