Cactus Fruit

About: Cactus Fruit is also known as Prickly Pear, Cactus Pear, Tuna Fruit, Indian Figs, and Mission Cactus. This fruit is known to be very healthy for consumption. It doesn’t only taste delicious, but also use as a treatment for different health problems. Studies are suggesting that this prickly pear is used to treat type 2 diabetes, reduce blood sugar levels, helps manage cholesterol levels, and to treat diarrhea, asthma, and gonorrhea. Prickly pear cactus has been a staple of the Mexican and Central American diet for thousands of years, only gaining popularity in the US recently. Researchers are actively studying how much more beneficial this fruit can be to people. There are variety uses for this cactus fruit: raw consumption, juices, jellies, candies, teas, and alcoholic drinks.

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My Experience: My mom saw this cactus fruit at the local Hispanic stores over a year ago and wondered how it tastes. She bought a few to try. We were surprised at how sweet the juice of this cactus fruit was and how deep red the color was. On the news, we are told to consume as much deep natural color of veggies and fruits as we can because they are the healthiest for our bodies. The news lectured us to eat spinach because of its deep green for additional iron and red delicious apple for its deep red skin. I am too happy to eat this cactus fruit because the juice is naturally sweet and the color is so beautiful. I am also glad that this fruit has high percentage of fiber because I can trade eating this fruit to drinking prune juice any day! I love to eat this cactus fruit raw. I peel away the skin, suck out the juices, and spit out the seeds. I know some people swallow the seeds and it is safe to do so, but I prefer not to. This fruit is currently in the stores for 99 cents per pound.

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Pros: high percent of fiber (21%), vitamin C (35%), and calcium (8%). Has some iron (2%) and vitamin A (1%). Juice is sweet and color is deep red.

Cons: have to spit the seed out and just suck the juice if eat raw. There are tiny thorns on the fruit if stores don’t remove it before they sell and the thorns could poke on your fingers and your fingers will itch.

I rate it 5 stars!

Have you tried this fruit yet? If not, would you, now that you know the benefits?

xoxo

Jasmine

 

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