About Arizona Cactus Ranch
Arizona Cactus Ranch is a 100 year old cattle ranch that now concentrates on selling natural prickly pear products and mesquite products.
Arizona Cactus Ranch began in 1991. It is located on forty square miles of desert near Green Valley in Southern Arizona, and is surrounded by Engelmann Prickly Pear Cactus. Every August and September fruit buds from the cactus is wildcrafted to produce a slightly sweet tasting juice that is 100% pure, concentrated Prickly Pear Nectar with no sugar or preservative added, accomplishing amazing benefits.
History of the Prickly Pear
The prickly pear plant (also called nopal or nopalitos in Spanish) and the prickly pear cactus fruit (also known as tuna in Spanish) is an edible nutritious and delicious food offering vitamins, minerals and medicinal properties. Researchers are using the prickly pear juice, produced by Arizona Cactus Ranch in Southern Arizona, for their studies, because it is pure.
Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson Arizona uses Arizona Cactus Ranch Prickly Pear Nectar in their Alternative Medicine Diabetic Preventive Program since 1997.
Eating prickly pear is not a new idea. Nopalitos, made from young prickly pear buds, have been a Mexican and Southwestern delicacy for centuries.
The Prickly Pear Process
Arizona Cactus Ranch differs in the processing of prickly pear from other producers.
1. We do not cook or soak the fruit in water.
2. We wildcraft (hand picked) the prickly pear fruit from pristine, natural land above the mines, without chemicals in southern Arizona.
3. The fruit is washed and then put it in a machine that processes the fruit producing 100% prickly pear juice and pulp without water.
4. We never add sugar to our concentrated prickly pear juice and pulp product.
“This is the standard that I run my company by and will continue to do so. It is the cream of the crop and you are worth it.”
Meet the Owner
Natalie McGee has been living and working at Arizona Cactus Ranch since 1991. She’s “a social worker whose dream of helping others, that started with a sign language class, now lives on through a scrubby little plant in her back yard.” She is proud of the integrity that her company and products stand for and will continue to make quality 100% natural products going forward. For more insight on Natalie and her passion for helping others with the prickly pear read the articles below. You can read more about Natalie and her life adventure here.