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Prickly pear festival in Portimão

After Martim Longo (Alcoutim), it is now the turn of Portimão to host an event where the prickly pear (Figo da Índia) is king.

The National Prickly Pear Festival will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Portimão (EHT), in Pedra Mourinha, from 9.30am.

Organisers of the event, the Association of Prickly Pear Producers in Portugal (APROFIP), say this will be an opportunity for those less familiar with the fruit to discover its versatility – and not just in the kitchen.

As in the Martim Longo event held last month, a Prickly Pear Contest forms part of the day’s programme. Participants have to prepare a sweet, dish or drink using the Figo da Índia.

There are many recipes made with the prickly pear, also known as cactus fruit, cactus fig or Indian fig. It can be used in ice creams, yoghurts, liquors, teas, sauces and jams. Prickly pear extract is also used by the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry in shampoos, soaps or oils for the skin.

From 3pm, local engineer and author Jack Soifer will be leading a presentation on ‘The Importance of the Prickly Pear to Portugal’ from the point of view of sustainable entrepreneurship.

Entrance is free.

www.festival-nacional-do-figo-da-india-2012.com