Specializing in Private Tours of Israel and Israel's Lesser Known Tourist Attractions, the Gems.
Specializing in Private Tours of Israel and Israel's Lesser Known Tourist Attractions, the Gems. 

So How Exactly Does a Sabra Look? 

Most people know that a native Israeli is referred to as a Sabra (tzabar in Hebrew). However, not everyone knows what a Sabra really looks like (not the human variety). A Sabra is actually a form of cactus, Opuntia ficus-indica, in the past known as a ‘prickly pear’ and now most often called a ‘cactus pear’.


The fruit of the Sabra is thorny on the outside with a thick peel that must be removed, to get to the sweet meaty inside.


In Israel, as well as a number of other countries this fruit is actually a commercial crop. Most of the fruit (in Israel) ripens within a short two-week period, in the summer, typically in mid-July to mid-August. But, due to arid desert conditions in parts of Israel cactus pears can be harvested ten months a year.



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