Methods for despining fruit.
A. Drop fruit into a pot full of sand. With gloves rub spines off and rinse.
B. With tongs or gloves hold fruit and rub skin with pumice stone and rinse.
C. Burn the spines. I have not yet attempted this method for I believe it will change the taste of the fruit when dried for tea.
To despine nopals I've used gloves and needle-nose pliers or fire. I have not harvested them for a few years. I found the nopals to be less versatile than the tuna and far more problematic. Then again my gardening skills are wanting ... *sigh*
I found the nopals sticky and lacking in adding any flavor to a meal and did not enjoy the texture it brought to a dish. Am I cooking it incorrectly?
I had wanted to add them to my diet as Natives have said they hold healing powers for the body. I have great success with the tuna ... but, ugh ... the nopals - are no pals ... lol