Personally, I’d never seen these fruits until I spotted them in Italy. Fichi d’India = Indian figs. They are actually part of the cactus family and originated in Mexico! Their name is a bit of a puzzle!
Origin – Indian fig is native to Mexico.
Scientific Name – Opuntia ficus indica
Appearance – The flesh of the fruit will be in bright red/purple or white/yellowish color. The fruit contains many tiny seeds that are usually swallowed.The fruit is often used in the preparation of jams and jellies which resembles both strawberries and figs in flavor and color. Opuntia ficus indica is used as a dietary supplement to decrease oxidative stress and lower blood lipid levels.