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The pile of skin. You can use a spoon or knife blade to scrape off any remaining green bits if you want to get every last molecule of good-stuff.
Next, cut out the woody core from each slice of de-skinned cactus.
Three simple cuts usually does it.
I could have cut out more of the white flesh, which doesn't have much of the active compound, but I was making Nan's Syrup using a pressure cooker, so I left more white flesh. If I had planned to dry the cactus material, I would have cut away more of the white flesh.
What I ended up with:
Another view. Ready for the pressure cooker!
The process was a bit time consuming, but wasn't difficult. And definitely worth it !
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