Journal of Food Science and Technology

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 530–536 | Cite as

Cactus: a medicinal food

  • Anoop A. ShettyEmail author
  • M. K. Rana
  • S. P. Preetham


With excellent quality and flavour of fresh fruits, young leaves of cactus serve as nutritious vegetable and salad dish and the immature fruits for making mock-gherkins. Cactus, with high water use efficiency produce forage for animals, vegetables, and fruits with 14% glucose. Traditionally cactus used as a valuable health supporting nutrient and it also has applications in pharmaceutical industries. Cactus with number of uses has immense potential to be the food of future.


Cactus Opuntia Uses Food Medicine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anoop A. Shetty
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. K. Rana
    • 2
  • S. P. Preetham
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Vegetable ScienceG.B. Pant University of Agriculture and TechnologyPantnagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Vegetable ScienceCCS Haryana Agricultural UniversityHisarIndia
  3. 3.Department of HorticultureG.B. Pant University of Agriculture and TechnologyPantnagarIndia

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