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Prickly pear substitute?

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brentski29:
I want to give mead a try, and Charlie papazian's prickly pear mead recipe really caught my interest.  The only problem... I can find prickly pear anywhere (here in Michigan) this time of year.  Is there a good substitute or should I wait until prickly pear become available?

corkybstewart:
I guess you'll have to wait.  My cactus fruits are at least a month from being ripe, maybe even 2 months.  Can you get cactus fruit in Michigan?

Beertracker:
If you just can't wait & money is no object... then you could try using this stuff. I used a small bottle a few years back to suppliment my prickly pear mead's aroma & color. Makes good BBQ sauce too!!!  8)

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