The Prickly pears or Opuntia as is its botanical name is a fruit of the prickly pear cactus.
It is a common plant used in Mexico for its nutritional and medicinal values.
These delicious oval fruits grow from the top of the prickly cactus leaves.
The fruit can be eaten raw or dried.
The fruit of prickly pears, also known as the cactus fruit or fig, is edible when the small spines are carefully peeled.
The nutrients in Prickly pears are carbohydrates, dietary fiber, fat and protein.
It also contains Vitamin A, B2, B3, B6, B9, C and E.
Trace minerals include calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Prickly pear has been used in Mexican folk medicine for the treatment of numerous ailments including type 2 diabetes, rheumatism, viral infections, cholesterol, obesity, hangover and diarrhea.