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.
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.
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.
Prickly pears can be found distilled into the form of alcoholic beverages, most notably Bajtra Liqueur and Tungi Spirit.
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Prickly Pears + Complete Nutrition Facts
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