Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

From the Western Cookbook chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947. Overnight soaking not included in preparation time.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups cactus pieces, cleaned of spines and cubed
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 12 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (fresh is best)
  • food coloring (optional)


  1. Clean off any spines and glochids (the little hairy spines) from your cactus paddles; peel green skin and cube into 1 x 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Soak overnight in cold water.
  3. Drain very well.
  4. Make a syrup of sugar, water and fruit juices; add cactus and cook until syrup is nearly all absorbed, taking caution not to scorch.
  5. May be tinted with food coloring if desired.

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