Tuno Canario – The fruit that comes from cactus

What is the Tuno Canario?

The “Tuno Indio Canario” / “Higo Tinto” / “Canarian Red Prickly Pear”, is a fruit that grows on the leaves of the Nopales cactus, brought to the Canary Islands centuries ago from America. It belongs to the genus Opuntia, its scientific name is Opuntia Dillenii. Widely known as “Higo Tuno”, with different names in different countries and regions such as nopal, barberry fig, Indian fig. The tuno is a cylindrical fruit that has a firm outer skin with spikes and softer inner pulp. It is initially green and turns reddish pink as it matures in most plants. It can be eaten raw, boiled, or grilled. It is mainly used to make juices and jams. These tasty oval fruits sprout from the tops of prickly cactus leaves.

The Canarian Prickly Pear plant can survive in dry weather conditions. It is said to have originated in Mexico and the northern countries of South America, which are in the arid to semi-arid climate categories. In these regions, it has been a staple food for thousands of years. Later it was discovered that it was also used in the Middle East and India.

With increasing popularity, Canarian Prickly Pear cactus are now also cultivated in Europe and Australia. The fruit is appreciated not only for its flavor but also for its health benefits. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties have made this prickly fruit popular.


Why are they so good?

The Canarian Prickly Pear is rich in many nutrients, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. This makes it a wonderful and healthy addition to your diet for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Their low content of cholesterol and saturated fat makes them a suitable aid for people suffering from obesity and heart disease.

Some studies suggest multiple health benefits of Canarian Prickly Pear including its ability to lower cholesterol levels, aid weight loss, improve the digestive process, fight cancer cells, lower the risk of diabetes, boost the immune system, and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

The properties described below are extracted from studies carried out in different countries by various organizations and universities. Ledesma Global S.L. It is not responsible for the inappropriate use of its products or the use of its products for therapeutic purposes. Ledesma Global S.L. it only recounts and translates studies from different sources of verified information.