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Quality Prickly Pear Products In Arizona

Prickly Pear Products - Prickly Pear Pineapple Jam, PP Pomegranate, PP Cranberry, PP Strawberry, PP Orange Marmalade, Plain Prickly Pear Jam, PP Honey, PP Jalapeno Jam, PP Habanero Jalapeno Jam, PP Strawberry Habareno Jalapeno Jam, PP Garlic Spread, Prickly Pear Juice, & Prickly Pear Syrup,

At Tonto Basin Cactus, we sell prickly pear products that are all handmade from Central Arizona which comes from the Edelman cactus. Each jar or bottle is produced in small batches, one at a time, in our own commercial kitchen located on our prickly pear ranch. Unlike most of our competitors, we do not use Mexican prickly pear picked by children for low wages. We pick our own prickly pear. For that reason, we always have a limited inventory. We don't have a factory or warehouse, we pick it, and make it ourselves. We are a true mom and pop company. We have no employees, no sub-contractors, no secret factories that actually make our prickly pear, what you see is what you really get. 

Why don't you see more prickly pear products at your local store? The answer to this question is economics. It is hard to pick this fruit, and dangerous as rattlesnakes are always around and most of the plants have to be picked in stages as the sunny sides ripen before the more shaded sides. It takes a lot of prickly pears to make a single bottle of juice as most of the fruit is mostly seeds. This is why you don't see jams and juices at your local store. It is impossible to effectively

harvest prickly pear by machine, it is done by hand. Being labor intensive, most prickly pear comes out of Mexico were wages are very low. Even when this product comes out of Mexico, it is further cut by adding water, corn syrup, or apple and pineapple juices and other fillers. Check out the labels of the big companies selling prickly pear and you will see what we are talking about. 

Prickly Pear Juice Health Benefits

If you're more concerned about taking advantage of some of the health benefits of prickly pear, then we would recommend our prickly pear juice or syrup. It has been the custom for years to support your health by taking prickly pear. Cactus water is as little as 1 or 2 drops in a 16 oz water bottle. Or 1/2 teaspoon of prickly pear in a 16 oz water bottle (3) times a day making a very tasty drink and helping at the same time for many different ailments.

The Native Americans have been using the prickly pear long before the arrival of the Spanish as a food or drink. Today, they are the largest consumers of prickly pear in the world.

Recent pharmaceutical studies from countries around the globe are starting to confirm what the people of the southwest have known all along, that not only is prickly pear tasty, but it may prolong your life and help with so many ailments. Prickly pear research by modern scientists have found it to be very helpful in reducing the effects of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and many, many more things. Check it out by going to Health Benefits of Prickly Pear and you can see for yourself.

If you have been looking for real pure Prickly Pear juice, Tonto Basin Cactus has it. It is not cooked in water nor is water added to it. A few drops of lemon or lime juice are added to sweeten it up a tiny bite without added sugar of any kind. We pick once the prickly pear is super ripe to give that added natural sweetness to all of our products. Come check us out! Want to see where we will be next? Just give me a call at (602) 370-3940 or go to the Coming Events page for an update on my current locations. It will be updated as often as new events come available. 

Our Advantages

  • No chemicals or fillers are added to our syrup or juices nor any other type of fruit juices.
  • Our Products Are Grown and Made in Arizona.
  • Our Prickly Pear was tested for Quality. Rated as one of the best by U of A in Tucson.

Prickly Pear Cactus Products

Many of our prickly pear products are great for use as condiments or to elevate the flavors in your cooking. And unlike many peoples prickly pear products, we do not add water, corn syrup, apple or pineapple juices to thin our products as well as other fillers. With us, you will get the purest prickly pear you can find on the market today.

Health Benefits of Prickly Pear

Prickly pear is well-known for its healing properties. It has a lot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and bioflavonoids. Prickly pear can help to level blood sugar, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure as well as many, many other things. It can also help with inflammation, intestinal track, digestive system and stomach issues just to name a few. 20+ years of test studies have shown so many different health benefits. Try it for yourself and see what it can do for you!!!

It’s used to help diabetes TYPE 2 not on insulin and other chronic ailments. Call me for further information @(602) 370-3940.

Prickly Pear Research Health Reports

Feel free to go on the web and read any of the many, many, medical research studies on the benefits of prickly pear. See for yourself that prickly pear is actually called the super food because it helps so many different ailments too many to name. But the 20 years of test studies will give you a much needed information on all of its help for better health.

Tonto Basin's Howdy Cactus

Summer monsoon at Tonto

Sailing on Lake Roosevelt, Az

courtesy Sailboat Shop

Upper Cliff Dwelling at Tonto National Monument

courtesy NPS

A Few of the Many Prickly Pear Cactus Benefits

The nopal cactus, also known as the prickly pear cactus, is extremely healthy for you. Edible red fruit grows from the thick pads. Prickly pear nectar comes from the juice and pulp of this fruit.


Prickly pear cactus has a high amount of fiber, great choice for digestive issues. Fiber adds bulk to the bowels, so can reduce both diarrhea and constipation.


If you regularly eat prickly pear, you may find it easier to lose weight. The fiber content makes you feel full faster and keeps the body from releasing ghrelin, the hormone that causes hunger. Vitamins and minerals that increase metabolism to help burn off the excess fat in our bodies. Vitamin B6, Riboflavin and Thiamin all maximize fat-burning capabilities and force the body to transform food into energy more quickly.


Many men live with an enlarged prostate and resulting symptoms. Nopal cactus can treat an enlarged prostate and even reduce your chances of getting prostate cancer. Recent research also suggests that nopal cactus can help eliminate free radicals, which are responsible for DNA mutations that cause cancer.


The high magnesium content in nopal cactus can fight insomnia and chronic anxiety. The plant is a natural sedative that reduces nerve function and calms the body. As a result, you fall asleep more easily. It also tells the body to release serotonin, which increases melatonin production. Melatonin is the body’s natural sleep aid and can help you fall asleep without a prescription.


Mexicans use the cactus as a cure for gastric ulcers. Scientists recently found there is a correlation between eating the cactus and reduced ulcer size. They believe the plant’s fibrous material and mucilage contribute to treatment but don’t know exactly how the process works. For those who drink an excessive amount of alcohol, nopal cactus can also lessen the likelihood of ulcers due to alcohol consumption.


Prickly pear can reduce the severity of hangovers. Research conducted in 2004 showed eating prickly pear cactus before drinking can minimize the effects of a hangover. A 2014 study also suggested prickly pear cactus can help prevent nerve and cell damage as well as benefit people with nerve disorders. All researchers discovered prickly pear cactus could serve as an antiviral, keeping you from contracting viruses.

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