Cactus: a medicinal food
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- Shetty, A.A., Rana, M.K. & Preetham, S.P. J Food Sci Technol (2012) 49: 530. doi:10.1007/s13197-011-0462-5
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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.