Welcome to OPUNTIA and CO., a unique place in Sicily where a group of professionals, specialized since several years within the Agricultural sector, processes and exports organic OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA L. MILL to cosmetic, healthcare, dietary and food industry markets. We produce and commercialize fresh opuntia leaves, opuntia powder, dried opuntia leaves (flakes), dried opuntia flowers as a raw material for capsules, tea, and so on. We work with a lot of Mediterranenan plants (olives, almonds, sarcopoterium spinosum, cornflowers, wild fennel, and so on).
"Nopales" are a vegetable made from the young stem segments of prickly pear, carefully peeled to remove the spines. They are particularly common in Sicily (San Cono, Catania, Siracusa), as Opuntia ficus-indica L. Mill.
Nopales are very rich in insoluble and especially soluble dietary fiber. They are also rich in vitamins (especially vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, but also riboflavin and vitamin B6) and minerals (especially magnesium, potassium, and manganese, but also iron and copper). Nopales have a high calcium content. Addition of nopales also reduces the glycemic effect of a mixed meal.