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The Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear


Our beauty editor is a basket case. When it comes to beauty benefitting foods, she’s all up in everybody’s grill. Case in point, her recent conversation with a supermarket employee:

“Excuse me, do you serve beauty foods here? You know the ones that make your skin feel superior to any beauty queens’?… Oh thank God that you do have them! I was going to write you a shitty review otherwise!”

Now we understand that we aren’t botany and herbology experts here, but our research on this succulent plant/fruit can compete with the likes of that on PubMed. (Sure, that’s stretching it a bit, but you get the drift, right?)

Its flowers, stems, leaves, and fruits are edible. It can be eaten raw, boiled, grilled and if you’re feeling more DIYee on a weekend, you can even made it into a jam.

So what is THIS fruit we’re raving about? Lo, and behold the Prickly Pear. It’s a pink-purple hairy desert fruit that grows on the rocky mountains. Opuntia a.k.a cactus fruit a.k.a Prickly pear have plenteous benefits and secrets that Cleopatra and Queen Bey refused to share with the world. But we here at SIEVE are givers, hence the over-sharing of everything that’s good for your beauty!

Beauty Benefits

With 85% Fatty acids, magnesium, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins C and B, beta carotene, iron, calcium, potassium and plenty more, it can give you the skin like the royals. Its cold-pressed seed’s oil is full anti-oxidants and vitamin E (boasting of richness higher than that of the argan oil). The seed oil moisturizes, hydrates, cleanses and strengthens the skin’s barrier function. Cheers to skin that’s as soft as a baby’s bottom.

The amino acids and vitamin K enrich skin’s radiance and help restore lost elasticity. Think of Blake Lively from ‘The Age of Adaline.’ Well, ok, maybe it won’t make you that young, but it’ll come close enough!

ALSO, ALSO, a few drops of prickly pear oil into our nails and on our cuticles literally undo all the brittle nail nuisance. Try it!

Health BenefitsA favourite among the hangover sufferers. It prevents you from looking as debauched as you clearly were the night before. Note: it does not cure debauchery. But for those of us who know often part-take in the walk of shame, this superfood has the potential of being our BFFL.

It’s biologically active flavonoids stabilize blood platelet stickiness, and help to maintain cardiovascular health.

Prickly Pear Margarita

Oh, and if you’re worried that it might taste like cough syrup, PUHLEASE! We promise that this is the yummiest-safest-superfood you’ll ever eat/drink.

Here’s something fun to leave you with: Our Beauty Editor’s favourite Friday night drink, The Prickly Pear Margarita. Tequila + Lime Juice + Orange Juice + Shit load of Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup = pour it over a tall glass full of ice and enjoy your Friday night in.

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