Although you can just peel these and eat them as is, someone wanted an idea on how to eat a prickly pear, so here it is.
According to WebMD, a prickly pear cactus is also used medicinally for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, colitis, diarrhea, benign prostatic hypertrophy and to fight viral infections. To combat hangovers, the extract can alleviate symptoms such as dry mouth and nausea.
As a cancer fighter, cactus pear is impressive. In studies ,tumor growth inhibition was comparable to the synthetic retinoid N-(4-hydroxyphernyl) retinamide (4-HPR), which is currently used as a chemopreventive agent in ovarian cancer chemoprevention. (Read more about it here).
4-5 cactus pears (also known as prickly pears, cactus figs or tunas)
1/2 cup of lemon juice
3 cups of cold water
Dates or raw honey or stevia to taste
- Blend all ingredients together
- Strain (optional)