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Food as Medicine: Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica, Cactaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat The cactus genus Opuntia encompasses a large group of species characterized by flat, jointed or segmented pads known in botany as cladodes and in Spanish as nopales (singular: nopal).1 The cladodes are cylindrical or conical in shape, covered with clusters of spines, and are uniquely adapted to a dry desert climate due to

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