The Prickly Pear: Roadside cactus with great health benefits
Last updated 9/13/2023 at 6:12pm
Village News Staff
The prickly pear, found locally in yards and along the roadways, is also known as the nopal or Opuntia. It is not only a staple in many traditional dishes, but it's also a powerhouse of nutrients. It has been used in Mexican dishes for many generations.
Hailing from the cactus family, both its pads and the fruit offer a rich array of health benefits:
1. Rich in antioxidants: The vibrant red and purple hues of prickly pear fruits indicate their rich content of betalains and other antioxidants. These compounds help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, potentia...