In the video, Mike Adams demonstrates how to harvest prickly pear cactus fruit (without getting stuck by the spines), how to press the juice out of the cactus fruit (using a juice press, see below), and how to mix the final juice with tea to make a delicious wild foods beverage!
To press out the cactus fruit juice, Adams uses a Norwalk Juicer which features a powerful juice press. Because many people don't have a juice press, the alternative way to accomplish the same thing is to blend the cactus fruits in a Vita-Mix blender, pour the slurry into nut milk bags, then squeeze the juice out of the nut milk bags. Nut milk bags are available at the NaturalNews Store: http://store.naturalnews.com
Prickly pear cactus fruit juice is almost incandescent purple -- it's a beautiful color made of phyto-pigments that are also powerful medicine. You've often heard to eat all the different colors of fresh foods, right? Well, cactus fruit has some of the most powerful colors you've ever seen in nature, similar to the color intensity of something like spirulina or astaxanthin.
The best part about harvesting cactus fruit is that it's FREE, and it's widely available throughout the world where the climate doesn't get too cold in the winter. You'll find cactus fruits in the South of the USA, Central America, South America, Australia, China, the Middle East and many other regions.
Harvesting tip: Always leave some cactus fruit for the birds. This is one of their important food sources. When harvesting wild foods, never harvest the entire plant, obviously. (Nature isn't a farm operation!)
Mike Adams (the Health Ranger) is an advocate of wild foods, sustainable living and personal preparedness. He also practices what he preaches, helping out on a farm in Texas and raising chickens and garden veggies while practicing principles of permaculture.
"Americans need to get back to recognizing and using the food that grows all around them," said Adams. "People drive by FREE food every day on the way to the grocery store, and then they complain about food prices being so high. Maybe the answer is to stop getting all your food indoors and start finding more of it out in nature where it really grows!"
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About the author: Mike Adams is a natural health author and award-winning journalist with a strong interest in personal health, the environment and the power of nature to help us all heal He is a prolific writer and has published thousands of articles, interviews, reports and consumer guides, and he is well known as the creator of popular downloadable preparedness programs on financial collapse, emergency food storage, wilderness survival and home defense skills. Adams is an independent journalist with strong ethics who does not get paid to write articles about any product or company. In 2010, Adams launched TV.NaturalNews.com, a natural health video site featuring videos on holistic health and green living. He's also the founder of a well known HTML email software company whose 'Email Marketing Director' software currently runs the NaturalNews subscription database. Adams also serves as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a non-profit consumer protection group, and practices nature photography, Capoeira, martial arts and organic gardening. He's also author a large number of health books offered by Truth Publishing and is the creator of numerous reference website including NaturalPedia.com and the free downloadable Honest Food Guide. His websites also include the free reference sites HerbReference.com and HealingFoodReference.com. Adams believes in free speech, free access to nutritional supplements and the innate healing ability of the human body. Known on the 'net as 'the Health Ranger,' Adams shares his ethics, mission statements and personal health statistics at www.HealthRanger.org
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