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If you’re looking for something a little sweet, a little tangy and a little original, try making your own cactus juice. Prickly pear cactus are typically the cactus of choice when it comes to making juice. They are filled with natural vitamins and nutrients, packing a bunch of flavor. It is very simple to make your own. All you need is a little time to prepare.

Boil the water in your saucepan. Make sure the water is boiling before dropping the cactus in, so they immediately start releasing their juices.

Place the pear cactus whole,j with the skin still intact, into the saucepan of boiling water. They should sit for up to 3 minutes, enough time to let the natural juices seep out.

Pour the water out, and place the cactus on the cutting board.

Peel and cut them into small chunks. The smaller the chunk, the easier it will be for more juices to release into the water.

Put the pear chunks back into the pan. Cover them with water until no pieces are sticking out above the water. Continue to boil them for a few minutes, then remove them from the heat and let them sit.

Pour the combination through the cheesecloth, so only the liquid drains into the bowl. You can put some pressure on the chunks to squeeze as much juice out as possible.

Add some sugar and lemon juice to add extra flavor. Only use enough sugar to make it slightly sweet, and do not over-use the lemon juice.