• prickly-pear

      Prickly pear

      The prickly pear is a typical Mediterranean fruit, resistent to dryness, it needs temperatures which are never under 0° Celsius. In the past this fruit was very important during hunger crisis, actually it was called the “bread of the poor”. The prickly pear was also used as animal food, there exist three kinds of it: white, yellow, red and without seeds. The best variety is the white one. It’s a typical Sicilian fruit, it was imported by the Arabian during the debarkation at Mazara.

      It’s rich in calcium, phosphor, fructose, potassium, magnesium, saccharose, vitamins A,C,E. The prickly pear has diuretic, adipsous, antipyretic, laxative, analgetic, liver protecting, anti- microbic, antianemic, tonifying, anti- inflammatory, stress alleviating and antioxidant properties. Thanks to its vitamins this fruit supports the browning of the skin. It is also beneficial in case of a high cholesterole level, suppuration, abscesses, angina, tonsillitis, fever, diabetes, congestion, astenia, colitis, gastritis, anemia, asthenia, leck of concentration, skin eruption and renal calculi. The prickly pear is even very recommended for diets, since it has a slimming effect and stimulates the growing of nails and hair. Cut in slices and with some sugar it’s perfect to cure catarrh. The prickly pear is also recommended for elderly people or for convalescents. The pulp of this fruit was used to prepare cataplasms against contusions, fractures or luxations. From the prickly pear there are used also the leaves, which are available as dry extract or as brew. It’s available also in pharmacy. This kind of fruit protects the intestinal flora and prevents hemorroids. The prickly pear is a completely biological fruit, since it has no need of pesticides or anti- parasites. Moreover its pulp is used in the cosmetic industry, thanks to its regenerating, cicatrizant, tonic and desinfecting qualities.bread of the poor<br