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Eaten fresh, juices, marmalades, jelly, ice cream & dessert sauces.
Good-quality Prickly Pear is egg-shaped and has yellow to magenta coloring depending on the variety. Ripen prickly pears at room temperature. The small seeds are edible, but the rind is not. Be careful of spines that were not removed.
Avoid product that is overly soft or that has dark soft spots.
Available September through May from California and Mexico.
Prickly Pear Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 Prickly Pear without refuse (103 g)
Amount Per Serving
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: PMA's Labeling Facts
Prickly Pears are low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Calcium and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Magnesium.