Christine Dionese, health specialist and author of The Best Craft Cocktails & Bartending with Flair, has long been suggesting prickly pear for its blood sugar lowering effects. Researchers at the University of Vienna in Austria have found in a small study that prickly pear decreased blood glucose by 11 percent.
If tiny hairs have not been removed, place pear in a strainer and rinse and shake under warm water for 1-2 minutes. Follow with a rinse of cold water. Allow pear to drain. Peel, rinse, and drain again. Muddle pear for several minutes until a slightly liquid purée remains.