1- Let’s note first that the prickly pear is moderately caloric (54 kcal/100 g. – 1 large piece approximately).
2- The prickly pear is particularly rich in vitamin C. It also contains provitamin A and vitamins B1 and B3. Furthermore, and in addition to its richness in potassium, this fruit has a particularly high level of calcium and magnesium content. This is in addition to the significant amounts of iron and copper it contains.
3- A special feature of this fruit is its quercetin content which is one of the most active flavonoids and which gives this fruit its antioxidant properties.
4- The prickly pear is one of those fresh fruits that are the highest in fibre content (4.5 g/100 g) and such fibres are mainly insoluble.
5- Certain studies claim that this fruit may have anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties which make it effective against gastrointestinal disorders. In addition, this fruit may be effective for fighting certain forms of diarrhea.