If you are wondering what the benefits of prickly pears are, here is your answer. If prickly is to be believed, this plant has some amazing health benefits for its fans! And for those who think that it’s just a common American thing (like me), it’s not.
It’s grown in many countries across Europe, Asia, Russia, Africa, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Israel (which was where I grew up), and even parts of North America. It is also used by people in other parts of the world as an ingredient to make supplements and drinks where it can be consumed or found. So why should you consider eating prickly pears daily?
Prickly pears have been cultivated for hundreds of years because of their powerful medicinal properties and great nutritional value. They can reduce blood sugar levels and boost insulin sensitivity, which makes them an excellent alternative to traditional sugars. Plus, they are rich in potassium, which improves circulation and reduces inflammation. This means you will be able to effectively lower the amount of sugar you are consuming and the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. When looking at all of the things this plant may do to our bodies, why wouldn’t we eat the biggest prickly pear ever?
One way that prickly pears have become so popular and loved by millions is through the production of foods like cakes, ice creams, cookies, beverages (like juices and sodas), and other delicious treats. Their strong taste is usually reserved for snacks and sweets as well. People have also started using them as ingredients in various products such as teabags and tea bags, candy bars, frozen food items, and many more. There are countless recipes available online when searching “prickly apple recipe”. You can also get your hands on these lovely little fruits, but only if you go a bit further into researching for them, which can cost upwards of $20 for a single bag.
Prickly pears don’t need much preparation to prepare and can be picked up almost anywhere. All they need is water to drink before you consume them, a blender, and maybe a pot or pan with some butter, oil, cheesecloth, honey, cinnamon sticks, dried apricots (if you prefer), or dried cranberries, for example. A mix of everything will yield a tasty snack, but that doesn’t mean it’s one size fits all. Many people prefer to bake or use the natural flavor of raw prickly. In lieu of sugar, you can add some nuts to your recipes! Just avoid adding too many of them (or too many other things) into the mixture. Instead of peeling, cut the prickly apples into slices then spread the slices onto a plate or baking sheet. Now place in a preheated 350-degree oven, and bake until the fruit is ripe. Finally, scoop out the peelings from underneath a knife and put them in their own water. Lastly, garnish each slice with a slice of fresh lemon and whatever herbs or spices you fancy. Once cool, the prickly slices can be easily stored in containers and kept for a few days. Or you could always freeze them and have them ready to enjoy whenever you want them.
I hope that these recommendations help you find some new ways to enjoy prickly pears and treat yourself during the long winter months. Just because it’s eaten every day doesn’t mean it isn’t nutritious and tasty. Take advantage of it and enjoy it. Have some prickly pears, a handful of nuts, or both! As you try this, let us know if you liked it and why you enjoy it. It would be really nice if you commented on my article about prickly apple recipes. Thank you for reading and stay secure and healthy!