200 opuntia robusta (prickley pear?) fruit - Please advise
I bought a house a couple years ago, and there is a huge prickley pear in the back yard. I'm pretty sure it's opuntia robusta, aka Nopal or Noplaes.
Last year I told a guy who was installing a fence that he could take some of the fruit and he took ALL of them. Boo. I was bummed. I experimented some with cooking with the pads -- the traditional boiling was ok, but sauteing (like okra) was better. Apparently they are good for lowering cholesterol.
This year I pruned it, and it exploded with pads and fruit. Now it has 200 or so fruits on the verge of ripening. What are the best things to do with them? Agua Fresca? Jam? Freeze them for later use in ____?
What is the best way to preserve them? I have a foodsaver (vaccuum & seal thingy).