So I picked the 30 fruit from the Prickly Pear Cactus, very ripe fruit.
When I finished picking all the prickers from my fingers.....
I put them in this old pickle jar and covered them with water to soak overnight.
The next morning, I put them through the blender, filled the jar to the near-top with water and set this outside in the sunshine so it will ferment for a few weeks!
WHY? you ask.......
So I will have a wonderful natural dye for my wool!
Prickly pear juice is used as a natural dye. Betalain pigment was isolated from prickly pear (Fernandez-Lopez and Almela, 2001 and Forni et al., 1992), it is found also in red beets (Beta vulgaris). The betalains are a group of nitrogen containing pigments that are yellow, orange, pink, red and purple in color. Betalains have no toxic effects in the human body and are seen as a natural and safe alternative to synthetic red coloring
I will use the strained juice to dye some wool to spin to knit to wear!