The origins of the opuntia ficus indica (the botanical name for the prickly pears) can be dated to the 15th century when they were brought from South Central America in Sicily.
This plant was able to establish itself in the classic Sicilian landscape by integrating well into rocks and lava fields over the years.
It has been considered a poor product for many years, possibly because of its spontaneity. However, in 2003, it was awarded two PDO designations, the Etna Prickly Pear, and the Prickly Pear from San Cono. These recognitions are a testament to its superior nutritional value and excellence.