Some people might not notice or are just so accustomed to it but right now cactus around the Maltese islands are budding with their prickly pear fruits ready to be picked up and eaten, at least by me that is a fact!
The prickly pear fruit, or in Maltese “Bajtra tax-xewk” can be found growing all over Malta and Gozo at this time of the year i.e. August and September. Even if it can be a bit tricky to handle nonetheless this fruit from the cactus family is a very tasty and nutrient rich fruit.
From studies on the fruit, consuming the prickly pear in one’s diet can assist in:
- The eternal fight to control weight. Thanks to its fibre rich properties can be a tasty and helpful tool in one’s diet.
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Providing daily essential micronutrients like folate, vitamin B6, riboflavin, niacin, iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Of these, the highest % daily values is held by vitamin C and magnesium
- Fighting cancer cells, prevent ulcers and helps keep a healthy stomach and protect liver function thanks to flavonoids and antioxidants present in the fruit
- Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties can help in alleviating hangovers, lower blood pressure and even help in managing osteoporosis issues
Together with the above mentioned benefits, consuming prickly pear fruit will work to help keep you healthy promoting healthy gut function, and promote healthy skin and hair.
So eat up your prickly pears while they are still in season!
Until next time Stay Safe, Stay Strong, Stay Focused!