Prickly pear is a fruit of a cactus plant, Nopal (Species Opuntia). Nopal is believed to be one of the world’s first domesticated plants. Cactus fruit seeds found in caves in Mexico have been dated 12,000 years old. Prickly pear fruits come in a variety of colors, which are broadly classified as Ruby Red, Emerald Green and Citrine Yellow. Mexico dominates the prickly pear market and accounts for over 80% of the crop.
Prickly pear is a nutritional powerhouse. It is high in fiber and soluble fiber. It displays a broad spectrum of bioactive compounds such as phenols, flavanols, carotenoids, betalains, taurine and linoleic acid. It is a good source of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and selenium. It is rich in vitamins A, C and K1. Given its multi-faceted nutritional base, prickly pear is increasingly being referred to as a medical food.
The color and sweetness of prickly pears lend themselves to producing beverages, preserves, ice-creams, sorbets, margaritas and daiquiris. Second-to-none nutritional properties have made prickly pear extremely popular in nutraceutical and supplement industry.
Spectrum Fruits continues to be a global leader in prickly pear market and offers purees, juice concentrates and powders. We do market organic ingredients as well.
Ruby Prickly Pear: Our ruby red prickly pear has a beautiful, bright magenta color and a delicate, slightly sweet, cactus flavor.
Emerald Prickly Pear: The wonderful, sweet, fruit flavor of prickly pear is also available in earthy shades of emerald green and golden yellow.
Product: Prickly Pear*
Storage: Frozen, Aseptic, Dry room temperature
Format: Clarified Juice Concentrate (36 Brix and 60 Brix), NFC, Puree, Powder
Package: Drum, Carton (powder)
*Organic version available
Note: Products are produced using HACCP in a US FDA-registered plant, kosher- certified, and GMO-free.
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