Quercetin is a red pigment, a flavonoid, widely found in plants. It has many beneficial properties and it is partly responsible for the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables.
It has anti-cancer, anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory properties and is an anti-oxidant, scavenging particles in the body called free radicals which can damage cell membranes . Quercetin is also thought to protect LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from oxidation, which is believed to lead to heart disease. Therefore, quercetin is often taken as a food supplement.
Prickly pear fruits are edible but should be handled with care....
” Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware”
From Walt Disney's The Jungle Book song
“ The Bare Necessities”