peruvian apple cactus fruit

September 29, 2015

We got a Peruvian apple cactus last November, and we finally harvested its first fruit over the weekend. Ben noticed it had already started splitting while on the plant, so he figured it was time to pick it. It definitely gives off dragon fruit vibes.

We sliced it up and had the girls smell it first; we didn’t think it had much of a smell. Next, we asked them about the texture, and we all agreed it feels slimy. Then, we each ate a piece. It tasted like a mild kiwi, but slimier. It was good and I can’t wait until the second fruit on the cactus is ripe enough to eat. Anyone ever try a Peruvian apple cactus fruit before?

I haven’t had any garden posts here lately, but things continue to grow and change in our garden. We are always working on something out there and I will give an update on all of it soon.


4 comments on “peruvian apple cactus fruit”

  • Trisha F says:

    that is fascinating! I’ve never even heard of them. What kind of climate do they grow in?
    I’ll be honest, when I saw your picture of it cut open I thought it was a peach you had carved out and filled with vanilla bean ice cream. Which sounds delicious as well! 🙂

    • Rubyellen says:

      Hot climate, and I agree it does look like ice cream inside. It’s a really mild flavored fruit, but I like it. Plus, things always taste extra delicious when it comes from your own backyard.

  • ali says:

    Wow, I just learned something new!
    Cool share 🙂

  • Karen says:

    Hi there. We had a hobby farm in Gladstone Qld and grew 1500 of the apple cactus plants. they are known as the ice cream fruit. Once your fruit is ripe and you cut it in half, drizzle some lemon juice on the fruit and then place in the freezer to freeze. You will taste a delicious fruit similar to a tropical ice cream flavor. This fruit also has a high level of cholesterol lowering properties. It takes 7 years for full production of the fruit, but fruit can come on earlier. We planted out our apple cactus from cuttings, once you have a cutting place under a shady tree to establish roots then plant out in the sun in an area of god drainage, they don’t like wet feet. e

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