Are you ready to learn about Tuna Fruit? It’s a pear-shaped, red fruit that’s incredibly delicious! You can enjoy this fruit on its own, or add it to smoothies, desserts, salads and more! Either way, this refreshing fruit won’t disappoint.
What is Tuna Fruit?
Fun fact, cactus fruits are called tunas in Spanish. It grows on cactus paddles and will typically have thick skin covered in small spines.
Once you cut it open, you will get to see how soft and juicy the meat inside is, with dark round seeds. Due to its high nutritional value, some would say that tuna cactus can be considered a superfood.
Tuna Fruit Health Benefits
You may be surprised at just how many health benefits tuna fruit has. It’s important to note that superfoods are typically plants and are not only nutrient rich but benefit your body too!
This superfood is loaded with antioxidants, (polyphenols, betalain etc.), fiber, minerals, vitamins (B and C), calcium oxalate (non-absorbable complex), iron, magnesium, potassium, phytonutrient, and many other nutrients.
How To Cut And Eat Tuna Fruit
- Hold the tuna fruit with a welding glove, and wash the fruit with a nail brush. Then rinse both the fruit and welding gloves off with warm water.
- Cut both ends of the fruit with a sharp knife, make sure to cut right through the flesh.
- Gently peel the skin of the tuna fruit, vertically until it’s all off. Either eat this fruit raw or cooked.
Note: You can eat the seeds, but if you don’t like them, simply discard or spit them out.
Ways to Use Tuna Fruit
Here are a few things that tuna cactus fruits can be used for:
- To be enjoyed raw.
- As an addition to foods and drinks such as salads, smoothies, tea, jams, and jellies.
- To aid in giving you clear and healthy skin.
- Treat different conditions such as an ulcer, headaches, back pain.
How to Eat Tuna Fruit
- 1 medium tuna fruit
- optional other fruits
- lemon juice
- Cut tuna fruit and other fruits into small chunks.
- In a medium bowl, combine the fruits.
- Sprinkle lemon juice on top and toss to combine.