Pricky pear; Indian fig; Barbary fig

(Opuntia ficus-indica)

Fruit the size of a goose egg. This fruit has to be handled very carefully because of the tiny prickles on the skin. Depending on the variety, they can be rounded or enlongated, green, yellow or orange inside. The flesh is granulated, both sweet and bitter at the same time, juicy and refreshing, with a gelatinous consistency sprinkled with small seeds. It is similar in aroma to the pear or the watermelon.

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    • Outdoor growing
    • Forced growing in greenhouses
    • Preservation in cooling chambers
    • Product from several sources
    • Contrasting product (from the southern hemisphere)

Translation of the name

Catalan: Figa de moro
Spanish: Higo chumbo
English: Pricky pear; Indian fig; Barbary fig

Category

Fruit

Family

Commercial: Other fruits
Scientific: Cactàcia

The tree it grows on and its curiosities

Prickly pear tree

Nowadays, these can be found in America and Africa, but can also be found growing wild throughout the Mediterranean.

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