Pereskia aculeata Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
Barbados-gooseberry blade-apple cactus leaf cactus leafy cactus lemonvine pereskia rose cactus Surinam-gooseberry

Pereskia aculeata is a scrambling shrub in the family Cactaceae. Common names include Barbados gooseberry, leaf cactus and ora-pro-nobis. It is native to tropical America. The leaves and fruits are edible, containing high quantities of protein, iron and other nutrients, and it is a popular vegetable in parts of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais under the name of ora-pro-nóbis.

Pereskia aculeata

Economic importance of Pereskia aculeata

Environmental ornamental
Human food fruit vegetable

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Geografical distribution

  • AFRICA
    Naturalized
    • Southern Africa: South Africa
  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Naturalized
    • China: China - Fujian
  • AUSTRALASIA
    Naturalized
    • Australia: Australia - Queensland
  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Naturalized
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    • Mexico
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda; Barbados; Dominica; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Martinique; Montserrat; Puerto Rico; St. Vincent and Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago - Trinidad; Virgin Islands (U.S.)
    • Mesoamerica: Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Western South America: Colombia
    • Southern South America: Argentina - Corrientes, Entre Rios, Misiones; Paraguay
    Naturalized
    • Caribbean: Cuba; Dominican Republic
    • Western South America: Ecuador - Manabi

Biological activities

Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Allergenic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Analgesic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Angiotensin-Receptor-Blocker
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
AntiAGE
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
AntiCFS
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
AntiCTS
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
AntiLyme
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
AntiPMS
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antiacne
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antiacrodynic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antiaggregant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiaging
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antiakathisic
Iron found in Fruit (250 ppm)
Antialcoholic
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antiallergic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antialzheimeran
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antiamblyopic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antianemic
Iron found in Fruit (250 ppm)
Antianginal
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antianorectic
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antianxiety
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antiarabiflavinotic
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Antiarrhythmic
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antiarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antiasthmatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antiatherosclerotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antibackache
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antibacterial
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiberiberi
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Anticancer
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Anticanker
Iron found in Fruit (250 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Anticarcinomic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Anticardiospasmic
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Anticarpal-Tunnel
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Anticataract
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Anticephalagic
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Anticervicaldysplasic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Anticheilitic
Iron found in Fruit (250 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Antichilblain
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Anticlimacteric
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Anticold
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Anticolitic
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Anticonvulsant
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Anticoronary
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antidecubitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antideliriant
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antidementia
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antidepressant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antidermatitic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antidiabetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antidyspeptic
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antidysphagic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antieczemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiedemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiencephalitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiencephalopathic
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antiendometriotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiepileptic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antifatigue
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antifibrotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antigallstone
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antigastritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antigingivitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiglaucomic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiglossitic
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Antihangover
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antiheartburn
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antihemorrhagic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antihepatitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antihepatotoxic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiherpetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antihistaminic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antihyperactivity
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antihyperkeratotic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antihyperkinetic
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antihypertensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Antiichythyotic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antiinfertility
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiinsomniac
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antiinsomnic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antikeratitic
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Antilepric
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antileukoplakic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antilipoperoxidant
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antilithic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antilupus
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antimaculitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antimastitic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antimeasles
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antimenopausal
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antimenorrhagic
Iron found in Fruit (250 ppm)
Antimigraine
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antimutagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antimyocarditic
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antineuralgic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antineuramidase
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antineurasthenic
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antineuritic
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antineuropathic
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antinitrosic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiobesity
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Antiorchitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiosteoarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiosteoporotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Fruit (3025 ppm)
Antioxidant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Antiozenic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antipapillomic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antiparkinsonian
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antiparotitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antipellagric
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Antiperiodontitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antiphotophobic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Antipityriasic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antipneumonic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antipodriac
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antipoliomyelitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Antiporphyric
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antiproliferant
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antipsoriac
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antipyretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiradicular
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Antiretinotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antirheumatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antirhinitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiscorbutic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antiscotomic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antiseptic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antishingles
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antispasmodic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antistress
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antisyndrome-X
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antitic
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Antitumor
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Antiulcer
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Antivertigo
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Antiviral
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Antixerophthalmic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Anxiolytic
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Fruit (3025 ppm)
Apoptotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Asthma-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-Blocker
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Beta-Glucuronidase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
COX-1-Inhibitor
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
COX-2-Inhibitor
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Calcium-Antagonist
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium-Channel-Blocker
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Fruit (9.4 ppm)
Cardioprotective
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Chemopreventive
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Circulotonic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Cold-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Collagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Colorant
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Detoxicant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Diuretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Fibrinolytic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Fistula-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Gastroprotective
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Hepatoprotective
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Hepatotoxic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Hypoglycemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Hypolipidemic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Hypotensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Hypouricemic
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Immunomodulator
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Immunostimulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Fruit (3025 ppm)
Insectifuge
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Interferon-Synergist
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Interferonogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Laxative
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Lithogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Mucogenic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Mucolytic
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Neuroprotective
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Osteogenic
Phosphorus found in Fruit (3025 ppm)
Pesticide
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Thiamin found in Fruit (6.3 ppm)
Phagocytotic
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Prooxidant
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Iron found in Fruit (250 ppm)
Sedative
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Serotoninergic
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Thymoprotective
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Tranquilizer
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Ubiquiot
Beta-carotene found in Fruit (556 ppm)
Uricosuric
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Urinary-Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Vasodilator
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)
Calcium found in Fruit (2025 ppm)
Fiber found in Fruit (81000 ppm)
Niacin found in Fruit (312 ppm)
Vulnerary
Ascorbic-acid found in Fruit (1250 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Ascorbic-acid Fruit 20 1,250
Ash Fruit 3,000 94,000
Beta-carotene Fruit 17 556
Calcium Fruit 130 2,025
Carbohydrates Fruit 21,000 814,000
Fat Fruit 1,000 81,400
Fiber Fruit 2,000 81,000
Iron Fruit 0 250
Kilocalories Fruit 110 3,720
Niacin Fruit 5 312
Phosphorus Fruit 90 3,025
Protein Fruit 7,000 219,000
Riboflavin Fruit 0.3 9.4
Thiamin Fruit 0.2 6.3
Water Fruit 914,000 968,000
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]