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Scientific Binomial Name: Opuntia spp.

SELECTION INFORMATION
Usage

Eaten fresh, juices, marmalades, jelly, ice cream & dessert sauces.

Selection

Also known as Cactus Pear, Tuna Fruit, Indian Figs and Mission Cactus, good-quality Prickly Pear is egg-shaped and has yellow to magenta coloring depending on the variety.

Avoid

Avoid product that is overly soft or that has dark soft spots.

Storage

Ripen cactus pears at room temperature and then refrigerate until ready for use.

Ripening

Ripen prickly pears at room temperature.

  • Nutritional Information
  • 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.

  • Tips & Trivia
  • The small seeds are edible, but the rind is not. Be careful of spines that were not removed.

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