Why Prickly Pear is a national obsession ?

These flat cacti are the source of one of Malta’s nature abundant products.

Our brave souls choose to pick and peel them with hands without any machinery. These hardy folk hands seem gloriously immune to the little spines.👐

In general it is promoted for treating diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and hangovers. Whereas locals use to fight against inflammations, stomach aches, bone pain and insect stings.💊

Offcourse.. the traditional liqueur Bajtra🍾 made from Prickly Pears ... get drunk and get treated..

Isnt it intresting the species of scale insect thrives on this plant produces carmic acid which is used to make cochineal, a edible red dye 🛑

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