Prickly pear fruit is a delicious & nutritious oval shaped fruit that grows on Nopales cactus paddles (paddle is known as a vegetable) and is one of the hardiest cacti in the world. There are about 200 species varieties known and, not all varieties are edible. The fruit color ranges from yellow, light green and orange, to pink, red & purple (depends on specific variety and ripeness). The inside of the fruit is filled with small edible seeds and, the sweet, moist, meaty fruit pulp. Prickly pear fruit is seasonal, the seeds are great source of fiber and, I've been eating freshly picked prickly pear fruit since I was very young and, I love it!
Although prickly pear is best eaten fresh, recipes include Jam, jelly, juice and ice cream.
500 grams of prickly pear fruit-pulp daily, for two weeks causes a considerable increase in antioxidant activity. 1 serving contains more than 1/3 RDA Vitamin-C.
Recently labeled as fruit that can lower blood sugar. Used in Mexico and South America to treat diabetes for over 1000 years (known hypoglycemic effects). Improves insulin levels and regulation.
National Institute of Health reports, that scientists showed, prickly pear lowered blood sugar in people with type-2 diabetes. A single dose of this prickly pear decreased the participant's sugar levels by 17-46%. Research emphasized the metabolic effects on people with diabetes and reduced serum glucose levels. The prickly pear also promotes a better glucose entry into the cell, in both diabetics and non-diabetics, helping to keep sugar levels down.
Weight-Loss Study in France
Women volunteers (49), with a normal body mass index were split into two groups.
Group 1> Took two Grams of prickly pear extract for four weeks.
Group 2> Took a placebo for four weeks.
At the end of the 28 days, the women taking the prickly pear extract showed significant weight loss compared to women who took the placebo.
Do you want to know more? I've attached a list of known health benefits below.