Cactus Pear
Fruit Farming in South Africa

Cactus Pear is one of the most commercially important cactus species and versatile crops in the world, with almost the whole plant being suited for usage. Its biggest attraction is the fact that it is extremely drought tolerant and therefore suited for planting in areas where most other crops would struggle to survive. 

In South Africa Cactus Pear are found throughout the country, but primarily used for feed and fruit production in arid to semi-arid regions, especially in the Karoo, Highveld and Eastern Cape. Its use for feed production has increased over the past decade as farmers search for ways to buffer themselves against the impact of climate change and droughts. offers a comprehensive and informative guide to local production, global and local sales, varieties and uses of cactus pears.

Cactus Pear as Livestock Feed

Cactus pear makes an ideal feed, because it is highly digestible, tasty and relatively cheap and easy to establish. Furthermore, it is drought resistant and adapts to a range of climatic and soil conditions and is able to supply food at any time of the ye...more

Cactus Pear Production in South Africa

South African cactus pears are primarily harvested from early December until the end of April, although in some areas fruit may be produced in winter, depending on the cultivar....more

Global Production of Cactus Pear

Cactus pear originated in the Central Mexican Valley, being cultivated in Mesoamerica since the Aztec times....more