Farm News Prickly Pears in Our Garden Immune Boost from Prickly Pears? Did you know there’s a cactus that produces edible, refreshingly sweet fruits with vital health benefits? Prickly pear fruit, in extract or supplement form, is used to treat type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, colitis, diarrhea and benign prostate gland enlargement. It also has hair, cosmetic and wound care uses. We grow this tasty fruit and it is in season now! We use it as a natural fruit sweetener to make our delicious probiotic Jun drink. You can read more about the many health benefits of prickly pear here.