If you know how. Here’s some instructions, with a really nice illustration. Now you too know how to get to the meaty pulp of a spiny cactus pear.

How to peel a cactus pear.

Step 1: Holding the cactus pear with a fork, cut off each end.

Step 2: Make a long vertical slice down the side of the fruit. Cut deep enough to go through the thick skin but try not to cut into the fruit.

Step 3: Gently pry open the skin and it will peel away quite easily.

Step 4: Remove the fruit from the skin and discard the skin.

That looks really easy. Much easier than the technique I used last time I made prickly pear margaritas. They were delicious.