The Tuna also known as cactus fruit or prickly pear is cultivated in Peru since ancient times. Images of the fruit can be found on textiles of cultures like the Wari, Chimu and Incas.
The fruit is oval with a thick skin, green or orange to red. The bright red to purple inside contains many small seeds and tastes similar to a juicy, extra sweet watermelon, when processed into jams, jellies, juices or alcoholic beverages like strawberries and figs. The tuna is believed to lower the cholesterol and blood sugar level and having antioxidant properties.