Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus 
Opuntia humifusa

                    Fun Facts

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The red fruit of the Prickly Pear is called tuna.

The fruit of the cactus is said to have a similar taste to watermelon.


The spiny pads of the cactus are also edible (but it would be a good idea to know the proper preparation) -they are said to taste similar to green beans.

The commercial production worldwide of Prickly Pear tunas is over twice that of strawberries.

The sap of the Prickly Pear, having a gel like consistency, can be used as hair conditioner.

Studies have shown that the Opuntia species can reduce the effects of a hangover by inhibiting inflammatory mediators.