Cactus apples are also called tuna and are used in drinks or eaten raw. One needs to scrape the needles off with a knife or singe them off over a flame. Like most fruits cactus apples have antioxidants as well as fiber when it comes to health benefits.
In the Cactus family, cactus apples can be found in California, Texas, New Mexico, and several other states on the Gulf Coast, as well as Missouri. The plants are usually three to six feet high(http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=open3).
Cactus apples (also known as prickly pears) are a good source of Potassium and Calcium, as well as containing lots of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, and magnesium.
They have a unique, compelling taste which is juicy and tart with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Their juice also stains just as harshly as other juicy red fruits (think cherry or pomegranate juice), so exercise caution when biting into a ripe one!
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