Cactus Pear Review | Great for Anti-Inflammatory
The cactus pear is one of those fruits that (if you’re lucky enough to have it in your grocery store) you walk by every time thinking “Hmm, cactus pear, sounds interesting, I’ll have to try it sometime”…but you never do. I’d like to say that I’m one of those individuals, but today I tried one and I’d like to say that now I’m a fan. In this article I will describe the texture, flavor, nutritional facts and health benefits of this fruit. So, without further ado, let’s begin.
I’d like to start off by saying, if you’re not a fan of: pomegranate, raspberries or even strawberries because of their inevitable seeds (which are entirely edible) then stop reading now because this fruit can be added to the list of fruits with seeds inconveniently embedded within their delectable flesh. The seeds are slightly bigger than the ones you would find on raspberries. Besides the fruit having a ton of seeds, the texture is actually very nice. The texture of the flesh alone (ignoring the seeds) is similar to a mealy papaya…in a good way. The texture is creamy with just a lil bit o’ grit.
Since this was my first time trying cactus pear I decided the best approach was to just split it in half. Upon splitting the first thing that caught my eye was the bright pickled beet color of the flesh, very beautiful and since it is slightly purple I knew this fruit would be loaded with antioxidants. The next thing I did was smell the fruit, since that is part of the tasting process. The scent is very close to pumpkin, oddly enough. This made me nervous because pumpkin is generally tasteless, but oh I was wrong. The flesh is sweet, but not too sweet, which I feel is a good thing. I chose to eat it with a spoon, because I’m domesticated, but for all you feral mongrels out there, feel free to just go at it like the wild thing you are; just a word to the wise, this fruit can be kinda juicy, due to its cactus nature and high water content, and since the flesh is purple I’m willing to bet the juice will be more than happy to stain your clothing.
1 fruit will give you roughly 42 calories with 10 grams of carbs (4 of which is fiber due to all dem seeds) (http://nutritiondata.self.com/). This fruit is essentially 90% water and 6% (227mg) of your daily dose of potassium is in one of these fruits. If you were stranded in the desert and found this fruit, you would want to load up on them since they are significant sources of water and carbs… to get your protein find a rattlesnake or something.
This fruit contains a betaxanthin (just a fancy word for describing the pigment which makes the fruit red or yellah’) called ‘Indicaxanthin’ which can be found in beets as well. Indicaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant and has been used recently in research for helping inflammation. So, due to its high bioavailability of this antioxidant it would be a good idea to eat this after a strenuous workout…mind you, you’d probably have to eat a bunch of them, but science has proven they will help in your soreness caused by inflammation.
All in all, the seeds were a little annoying, but I’ll probably be getting this fruit again because it was pretty tasty.