When I walked into the grocery store this caught my interest and I had to find out what it was. The sign said it was a cactus pear? I thought, “Interesting….. I like pears, I wonder if I would like this and what are the benefits to eating it?
So, I purchased a couple and brought them home. At first I needed to figure out how to eat them. So, I did what most people do these days. I went to YouTube. I found out that you can slice the cactus skin right down the length of it and then it just peals off. It was very easy to do. After I did this a pear looking fruit appeared with seeds in it. I immediately wondered if I could eat the seeds and after looking it up, I found out I could. Then came the taste test. I would like to tell you that I found it delicious and so different. To my surprise, I found it juicy, crunchy and similar to a pear in taste. However, it definitely has a taste of its very own. I highly suggest you try to and see for yourself.
Here are some of the reasons you should:
Cactus pears or prickly pears are rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber. They are low in calories, saturated fat and a great source of dietary fiber, vitamins C, calcium and antioxidant properties. Some other health benefits of prickly pears include its ability to lower cholesterol levels, improve the digestive process, boost the immune system, stimulate bone growth, strengthen blood vessels, prevent certain cancers, reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s and eliminate inflammation throughout the body.
Where do prickly pears come from?
Prickly pears come from North and South America. The fruit grows at the top of the leaves of Nopales cacti. The most interesting thing about the fruit is that it grows at the very edge of the spiny leaves of these cacti, which is the hardiest lowland cacti in the world. The color of these fruit can range from yellow and light green to orange, pink and red depending on the variety and ripeness.
One final fact and most popular uses:
One of the most popular uses of a cactus pear is as a hangover cure, and it has been used to reduce headaches associated with too much ancho for hundreds of years.
My reccomedation is to try this for yourself and see if you can add it to your nutrition plan.