Prickly pear prickly – is it really healing and slimming?

There are currently around 150 species of prickly pear in the world. These perennial plants are a type of cactus that was originally grown in the Americas. One of the best-known species is fig prickly, which is credited with healing and slimming properties.  Prickly pear fig called Indian fig (Opuntia ficus-indica) was imported from America to Europe most likely by Christopher Columbus (convinced that he…