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Cactus Pear Sorbet

  • Author: Sabrina Russo
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups, 6 servings 1x


Cactus pears have a dense, watermelon-like texture and raspberry-watermelon flavor, which makes them an excellent choice for sorbet.


  • 2 ½ lb cactus pears (about 79 pears), peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Make sugar syrup: Combine sugar, water and salt in a small saucepan. Warm mixture over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Blend pears: Meanwhile, place cactus pears in a blender and pulse until smooth. Add simple syrup and lemon juice to pears and blend until combined. Pour mixture into a bowl through a sieve.
  3. Freeze & serve: Chill about 4 hours or up to overnight. Freeze using ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Let set completely in freezer. Enjoy.


  • Total time does not reflect time needed to chill and churn sorbet.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blend, Freeze
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 144
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Sodium: 33mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Protein: 0g

Keywords: cactus pear, prickly pear, sorbet