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Prickly Pears Nutrition and Health Benefits
It is certainly worth noting some important facts about the nutritional value of these particular types of Prickly Pears. Although the brightly colored pears which are red - purple in color, are small, its contents is very powerful and will provide many health benefits. There are around 42 calories in one prickly pear. The benefits and nutritional value of Prickly Pears is high as the fruit provides a high content of magnesium, fiber and vitamin C. The amount of fibre in just one cacti fruit can help the digestive system to function better, as it can encourage bowel movement, which can result in careful weight loss as part of a healthy diet.

Prickly Pears Nutrition: Calories and Nutritional Value
The flesh and juice of Prickly Pears are low in calories, and an exceptional, nutritional and delicious tasting fruit. The amount of calories in Prickly Pears depends on the method the fruit is served, for example if the fruit is served in syrup, obviously it will contain more calories. This fruit is extremely low in fat, with only a trace. The following calorie guide can be used to calculate the amount of prickly pear calories:

Nutritional Data: Calories in Prickly Pears per unit:

Prickly pear calories- 48 calories per pear

Prickly Pears Nutrition: Facts and Health and Benefits

  • Nutrition Fact: There are more than 5000 named varieties of pears, however, this particular types is very unique as it doesn't grow from a tree as with normal varieties. This fruit, which is sometimes known as a fig, grows from a cactus - a very prickly cacti at that, hence the name of these special pears.

  • Nutrition Fact: Some people believe prickly pears are magical as their health benefits are quite considerable - they are known as cactus medicine!

  • Nutrition Fact: Prickly Pears are becoming widely available for purchase across the world - with the spikes removed! Their popularity is increasing as people come to recognize this healthy exotic fruit which is packed with nutrition

Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pears Nutrition: Health Benefits and Information
The picture below is of a prickly pear cactus plant otherwise known by the name Opuntia. This cacti produces a red rounded fruits called the prickly pears. There are spikes on this cactus which detach very easily, therefore, it is of paramount importance that great care is taken when picking prickly Prickly Pears from the cactus! Thick leather gloves are a must to completely protect the hands! It's safer to obtain cactus fruit from a shop or market where the spikes have been removed.

Prickly Pears Nutrition: Picking Fruit from a Cactus
This picture was taken in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands where this type of prickly cactus is commonly grown. Prickly Pears are also grown in many other areas of the worlds including much of America. It's widely known by other names including the cactus fruit, cactus fig, or tuna in Spanish (this type of pear is grown in many Spanish speaking countries). The cacti spikes (glochids) must be removed before the Prickly Pears can be peeled and eaten.

There are lots of these little barbs, so it's very important to remove them all. This can be simply done just by rolling the fruit on the ground or in sand. This cacti fruit provides excellent tasting juice which is a little similar to water melon, quite difficult to define as the flavor is very distinctive - it tastes wonderful nonetheless and is often used in recipes such as jellies, candies and alcohol such as vodka. The juice makes a wonderful addition to salads also as a dressing. The little red prickly pears grows on the nopales cactus.

Prickly Pears Nutrition: Peeling Cactus Pears
Once you have followed the instructions above to completely remove the Prickly Pears spikes, you are ready to peel away the skin. Slice the prickly pear at both ends, discarding the ends. Cut the prickly pears on one side only, lengthways - be careful not to cut into the flesh too deeply as this is only to remove its skin. Pull carefully on one side of the slice by slipping your finger underneath the skin. Completely peel away the cactus pears skin.

 

Prickly Pears Nutrition: Cutting Cactus Pears
Once you have completely peeled the cactus fruit, you will be left with the edible part of the prickly pear. The flesh contains lots of seeds which are edible if you want to eat them. Prickly pears can be eaten as they are now, simply cut them up and serve. Otherwise, you may prefer to juice the fruit, in which case, follow the next set of instructions.

Prickly Pears Nutrition: Cactus Pears Juice Nutritional Value
Once you have peeled the cacti pear, you can extract the delicious juice. This can be done by simply putting the prickly pears into a food processor or blender until its totally liquefied. Sieve the juice afterwards to ensure all pips, seeds and pulp are removed. Use a fine sieve and push the liquid through. It will take approximately 4 prickly pears to make a glass of juice. Prickly pear juice is delicious mixed with lemonade!

 

Health experts and nutritionists believe that a well-balanced diet that includes at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day will help to considerably improve our lifestyles and ultimately extend our lives

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