Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(5), 1287-1295; doi:10.3390/ijerph8051287
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Chemical Analysis of Nutritional Content of Prickly Pads (Opuntia ficus indica) at Varied Ages in an Organic Harvest

1 Posgrado en Investigaciones Biomédicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Juriquilla, P.O. Box 1–1010, Querétaro, Qro, 76230, México 2 Departamento de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad del Valle de México, Campus Querétaro, Querétaro, Qro, 76230, México 3 División de Investigación y Posgrado, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad, Autónoma de Querétaro, Cerro de las Campanas S/N, Querétaro, Qro, 76010, México 4 Departamento de Nanotecnología, Centro de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Campus Juriquilla, P.O. Box 1–1010, Querétaro, Qro, 76230, México
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Received: 18 January 2011; in revised form: 8 April 2011 / Accepted: 19 April 2011 / Published: 26 April 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biological and Agricultural Engineering)
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Abstract: Opuntia ficus indica, also known as prickly pads, are an important part of the human diet and are also used as forage for livestock. This is an interesting vegetable due the environmental conditions in which it grows and its resistance to climatic extremes; however, little is known about its nutritional properties, especially in the later stages of maturity. The objective of this study was to determine the composition of organic prickly pads (Opuntia ficus indica) at differing stages of growth maturity. Chemical proximate analysis and mineral constituent analysis at different maturation stages were carried out in this investigation. As a result, older prickly pads were found to be an important source of nutritional components such as calcium.
Keywords: different maturity stages; powder; nutritional content; Opuntia; prickly pads

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Hernández-Urbiola, M.I.; Pérez-Torrero, E.; Rodríguez-García, M.E. Chemical Analysis of Nutritional Content of Prickly Pads (Opuntia ficus indica) at Varied Ages in an Organic Harvest. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 1287-1295.

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Hernández-Urbiola MI, Pérez-Torrero E, Rodríguez-García ME. Chemical Analysis of Nutritional Content of Prickly Pads (Opuntia ficus indica) at Varied Ages in an Organic Harvest. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2011; 8(5):1287-1295.

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Hernández-Urbiola, Margarita I.; Pérez-Torrero, Esther; Rodríguez-García, Mario E. 2011. "Chemical Analysis of Nutritional Content of Prickly Pads (Opuntia ficus indica) at Varied Ages in an Organic Harvest." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 8, no. 5: 1287-1295.

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