The cactus fig or prickly pear belongs to the cactaceaes family. The fruit is oval shaped 150 to 170grms and 8 to 9cm long. The
This fruit has a high calcium and Vitamin A content, it is rich in phosphorus and iron, and contains a high water percentage. It is low in calories and fat.
The fibrous pectin contained in the fruit's pulp lowers cholesterol levels and may lower the insulin quantities needed by diabetics. It is also used as a remedy against gastritis and the common stomach-ache.
The Higo's skin can be peeled with a knife and the fruit is consumed raw; it is also delicious when cut in slices to be used along with other fruits for fruit salads or also to make sauces. Although the thorns of the fruit are previously removed, it is recommended to clean the fruit with a kitchen cloth before being peeled.