Prickly Pear Seed Oil Production
How Prickly Pear Seed Oil is manufactured?
Before the cosmetically and nutritional-psychological high-quality oil can be used an extensive workload is necessary. First the seeds separated from the pulp. After gentle washing they will be air-dried under the sun and then stored in a dry and cool place until pressing. Approx. 450 kg Pulp are required for the production of 1 liter prickly pear seed oil.
Prickly pear seed oil is not to be confused with the prickly pear flower oil. The flower oil is a macerate. Here the flowers of the prickly pear are inserted for a defined period into inferior oil. Thereby the oil (solvent) deprives the flower certain ingredients and absorbing them. The herewith gained oil is offered as prickly pear flower oil and is cheaper.
You should also pay attention to low-quality prickly pear seed oil. It is gained by chemical extraction, whereby powderedpPrickly pear seeds are exposed to an unhealthy solvent, like Hexan. That with a higher yield gained prickly pear seed oil contains traces of Hexan, which is removed from the oil through heating. Unfortunately through supply heat a large part of valuable ingredients of the prickly pear seed oil, such as vitamins and antioxidants are lost. To replace the lost active substances synthetic antioxidants are added.