Prickly Pear
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Prickly Pear

HK$75

Aprrox. 3-4pcs per 500gr

 

The name "prickly pear" is quite deceiving, because the fruit actually comes from a cactus plant called the "Opuntia" that's native in the Americas.

With a bright red exterior it's commonly used in juices, cocktails, syrups, jams, and candies for its refreshingly sweet taste.

Prickly pear cactus — or also known as nopal, opuntia and other names — is promoted for treating diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and hangovers. It's also touted for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Some preliminary evidence shows that prickly pear cactus can decrease blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Some research also suggests that prickly pear cactus extract may lessen the unpleasant effects of a hangover, possibly due to its anti-inflammatory effects.

 

It might be too early to call prickly pear cactus a superfood, but it can be part of a healthy diet. It's high in fiber, antioxidants and carotenoids. Indeed, prickly pear cactus is popular in many areas of the world, particularly Latin America, where it is a native plant.

The edible parts are the leaves, flowers, stems and fruit. Prickly pear cactus is eaten whole (boiled or grilled). It is also made into juice and jams.

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