prickly pear cactus


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prickly pear cactus

(prik'le par kak'tis)
The fruit of any of the cacti of the genus Opuntia, native to and a staple food in Mexico and Central America.
Synonym: nopal
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PueblaPerez et al., "A purified extract from prickly pear cactus (Opuntia fuliginosa) controls experimentally induced diabetes in rats," Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol.
The most dangerous thing was really the prickly pear cactus. It was easy to become mired in a jungle of nasty, septic needles; quite a few panicked and several were hart.
Worldwide, Mexico is the largest producer and consumer of prickly pear cactus fruit (called tuna in Spanish).
"People have been using the fruit and pads of prickly pear cactus for medicinal purposes for thousands of years," said Patti Milligan, a corporate nutritionist.
Here's a way to end world hunger and make the desert bloom: take the common prickly pear cactus that grows wild throughout the Southwest, use hybridization and selection to "persuade" it to relinquish its sharp spines, plant the improved version across the arid regions of the world, and open up the range to grazing cattle.
Some screens display the spiral patterns of Paiute basketry; others, desert tortoises and their favorite snack, prickly pear cactus.
A recent clinical study has confirmed the diuretic and weight management effect of this prickly pear cactus fruit extract (Opuntia ficus-indica).
Bio Serae Laboratories recently conducted a clinical study in order to confirm the diuretic and weight management effect of Cacti-Nea, a natural water extract of prickly pear cactus fruit (Opuntia ficus-indica), on humans.
And the cactus moth has been used successfully in Australia to control the prickly pear cactus.
Enterprises, for example, markets a prickly pear cactus salsa under the Arizona Cowboy brand name.
One possibility is that cacti such as Texas prickly pear cactus (Opuntia engelmannii), tasajillo (Opuntia leptocaulis) and strawberry cactus (Echinocereus enneacanthus) can be a refuge from these extreme conditions because the high water content in the cacti could provide a buffer from temperature changes due to the high specific heat of water.