Prickly Pears (Opuntia ficus-indica) aka: Nopal, Nopales, Barberry Figs, and Indian Figs, are cylindrical shaped fruits with a thorny outer skin, firm to mushy inner flesh, and many small seeds at their center. Prickly Pears come in a variety of colors and can be red, green, yellow, or purple.
Health Benefits of Prickly Pears:
Increased Immune Function
Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
Protection Against Heart Disease
Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Depending on type some prickly pears are thought to reduce diabetes and other kinds are thought to reduce hangover. *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly
concentrated in Prickly Pears, and may not necessarily be related to Prickly Pears.
Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other fruits.
Prickly pears raw
Serving Size 100g
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.51g
Saturated Fat 0.067g
Total Carbohydrate 9.6g
Dietary Fiber 3.6g
*Percent Daily Values
are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending
on your calorie needs.
Vitamin A 43IU
Retinol equivalents 2μg
Vitamin C 14mg
Vitamin D ~IU (~μg)
D2 Ergocalciferol ~IU (~μg)
D3 Cholecalciferol ~IU (~μg)
Vitamin E ~mg
Vitamin K ~μg
K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone ~μg
K2 - Menaquinone-4 ~μg
Vitamin B12 0μg
Pantothenic acid ~mg
Vitamin B6 0.06mg
Folic Acid 0μg
Food Folate 6μg
Dietary Folate Equivalents 6μg
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio
Total Omega 3s
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)
Total Omega 6s
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)
22D4 Adrenic (AA)
Essential Amino Acids
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget (2000 calories)
Percent Water Composition
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g)
How to choose Prickly Pears: Look for vibrantly colored prickly pears that yield lightly to pressure, avoid any pears that are too mushy, or wrinkled.
Climate and origin: Prickly Pears originated in the Americas and can now be found in almost every hot dry climate across the world.
Taste: Prickly pears have a subtle sweet taste that is lightly fragrant. They have a firm to mushy texture, and there are many seeds in the middle to contend with. It is important not to eat any of the skin of a prickly pear due to thorns and glochids which can cause a lot of discomfort.
Miscellaneous information: Prickly pears can be found distilled into the form of alcoholic beverages, most notably Bajtra Liqueur and Tungi Spirit.
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