The prickly pear is believed to have originated from South American regions such as Mexico and grows from the cactus plant (cactaceae family).

The plant has leaves and sharp spines with colourful flowers which develop into the prickly pear fruit.



Health Benefits


  • Can be used in chemoprevention therapy to inhibit cancerous cells in the body. (1)


  • Quite high in vitamin C (ascorbic acid) content which provide autoimmunity functions to the body and are more prevalent once the fruit has ripened. (2)


  • High in fibre which regulates bowel movements in the body. (3)


  • Rich in antioxidants, carotenoids and linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid) which combine to prevent oxidative stress of cells and increase the level of high-density lipids (good cholesterol) to get rid of low-density lipids (bad cholesterol). (4)


Prickly Pear Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, fresh

  Amt. Per
% Daily
Calories 41
Calories from Fat 4
Total Fat 1 g 1%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 5 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 10 g 3%
Dietary Fibre 4 g 14%
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 23%
Calcium 6% Iron 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.





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