Ouch!

The guys picked these tunas (cactus fruit)

Tunas

Then I made them into jelly the way a friend taught me to.  But first, we  scooped out the insides:

PreparingTunas

They are covered with teeny, hairlike thorns my friend calls “itch-all-nights.” I tried to handle the tunas with only tongs and a dishtowel. Dang! those things hurt. The guy used all sorts of equipment, including rubber gloves, leather garden gloves, tongs, and, I think, the witchblade.  I cooked the the pulp, strained the juice, and made it into beautiful magenta colored jelly. 

Then we took them outside for their photo shoot.
JamJars

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