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OpuntiaGel

The only cold-pressed Opuntia Gel

The alternative
to Aloe Vera

NopalDry

A powerful slimming
and antioxidant

An ally for physical fitness

Opuntia Fruit

With mineral salts
and Taurine

For quick physical recovery

Opuntia Ficus Indica

A Mediterranean Plant

From the Thousand Resources

All crops are certified organic

100% Nature

Biological

Certified from cultivation fields to production plants

Km Zero

A district of over 2000 hectares in the heart of Sicily

Traceability

From harvest to packaging. All information just a click away

Quality

A careful selection of the best cladodes in the field to offer you only excellent products

Res. & Dev.

Equipped laboratories and expert technicians to create only innovative products

Processes 4.0

All our products are made cold, with "green" processes and 4.0 technologies

Conoscere la pianta

In europe
since 1500 d.c.

Through the ships of Christopher Columbus

Native to Mexico, in ancient times it spread among the populations of Central America who cultivated and traded it already at the time of the Aztecs, with whom it was considered a sacred plant with strong symbolic values.

It is an arborescent succulent plant that can reach 4-5 meters in height. The stem is made up of cladodes, commonly called shovels. These are modified stems, flattened and oval-shaped, 30 to 40 cm long, 15 to 25 cm wide and 1,5-3,0 cm thick, which, joining together form branches.

The cladodes (or shovels) make up the stem and group together forming branches. They are covered with a waxy film that protects the plant from excessive heat, preventing transpiration and protecting it from a possible attack by predators. After four years of development, the cladodes undergo a lignification, forming a real trunk. Even opuntia, like all cacti, delegates the chlorophyll function to the stem and not to the leaves; these are very small and are found only in young blades. The areoles, at the base of the leaves, develop into thorns or particular roots called glochids, or into flowers.

The fruit of the prickly pear is particularly rich in water, and therefore a moisturizing fruit. In 100 grams, 83 grams are made up of water. The calories, on the other hand, are 53 per 100g and sugars 13%. Thanks to the high water content, the prickly pear has thirst-quenching, diuretic and purifying properties. For these reasons it is often recommended by specialists to expel kidney stones. Prickly pears contain two particular types of dietary fiber, pectin and xylose, which make them suitable for inclusion in the diet of diabetics.

Comparative table between Opuntia and Aloe

Prickly pear Aloe Vera
Dangerous substances None Hydroxyanthracene in the peel
Production of food flour Yes No
Soluble dietary fiber 39,58 g/100 n.d.
Insoluble dietary fiber 14,29 g/100 n.d.
Mucilage lattice Stratified Linear
Unit of sugars 25 8
Antioxidant Power Gel 13% 11%
Dry peel antioxidant power 498.32 ± 25.31 μmol TE/g Toxic
Healing effect (active molecules) Opuntiamannan, Isoramnetina, Piscidic acid Acemannano
U.V. protection (active molecules) Piscidic acid eucomic acid n.d.
Emollient effect Yes Yes
Polyphenols 1446 mg/100g Highly bioavailable 307 mg/100g
Vitamins Riboflavin, Vitamin A, B1. B2, B3, B6, C, E, K Vitamins A, C, E, Vitamins of group B

Ministerial guidelines

Fico d'india Aloe Vera
Botanical name Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill Aloe vera (L.) Burm. F
Family Cactaceae Asparagaceae
Synonymous Aloe barbadensis Mill.
Traditionally used part caulis (cladodium), flos, fructus, radix folium, succus ex foliis, gelum sine cute
Label requirements None ADDITIONAL WARNING
succus ex foliis
Do not administer under 12 years. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant and breastfeeding. Do not use for prolonged periods without consulting your doctor.
Ministerial Lg of reference for physiological effects Cladodium: Body weight balance. Modulation / limitation of nutrient absorption. Emollient and soothing action (digestive system). Regularity of intestinal transit.
Flos: Functionality of the digestive system. Regularity of intestinal transit. Function of the prostate.
Succus ex foliis: Regularity of intestinal transit. Digestive function. Hepatic function.
Gel sine cute: Emollient and soothing action (digestive system). Purifying functions of the organism. Well-being of the throat.
Link document of the ministry Page 135 Page 18
The territory

San Cono

European capital of the prickly pear cactus

Over 2000 hectares of dedicated cultivation. The largest district in all of Europe. Between August and October, the three varieties of fruit color make the countryside surrounding the town kaleidoscopic.

The intensive production of Sanconesi prickly pears began immediately after the Second World War, growing steadily and has now become the leading economic activity of the place.

A very hardworking community, proud of its origins and its territory. The patronal feast is one of the moments most felt by the entire population. An event that with festivals and activities on the prickly pear attracts thousands of tourists from all over Sicily

Immerse yourself in the territory