Project Description

Cactus Pear Processing Line 

Cactus Pear Processing Line Description

  1. The cactus pear is grown in Mexico, Algeria, Middle East and another dessert area. It is originated in the tropical and subtropical Americas and, wild or cultivated, they can be found in a wide variety of agroclimatic conditions across the entire American continent. The plant has spread further – carried by people as they traded and settled – to Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, where the cultivated and wild plants continue to provide food and materials.
  2. Cactus juice is mainly the liquid in the cactus and has rich nutritional value. It is rich in polysaccharides, which can effectively resist oxidation. Delay skin aging. In addition, cactus juice contains certain amino acids, which can provide energy for the body’s metabolism, and has a certain effect of lowering blood pressure and blood lipids. It has a good auxiliary treatment effect for some patients with high blood pressure and hyperlipidemia. Cactus juice also contains a variety of minerals, such as zinc lining and manganese ions, which can supplement the minerals needed by the body, increase immunity, and play a certain role in sterilization and anti-inflammatory.
  3. The fruit is composed of cactus pear and cactus cladodes, both parts can proceed into juice, and the cactus pear can proceed into puree and jam.
  4. Cactus pear processing line can proceed into cactus juice/nectar, single strength cactus puree or concentrated puree, syrup or jam, and the end products can be filled into bottles, cans, pouches or aseptic bags.
  5. The cactus pear processing machine is composed of the cactus pear washing machine, cactus pear sorting machine, cactus pear peeling, crushing and pulping machine, cactus pear pulp refine machine, cactus pear decanter centrifuge separator, cactus pulp evaporating machine, cactus puree or juice sterilizer, cactus juice or pulp filling machine, CIP system, RO water treatment system.
  6. The capacity of the cactus pear processing plant is from 1ton per day to 300 tons per day. And all the machines are made of SUS304 material to ensure hygiene conditions.
  7. The cactus pear processing plant is flexible and fully customized according to clients’ requirements and budgets.

Cactus Pear Processing Line End Products 

Cactus pear juice/nectar: The Brix value is 12 of the cactus juice, it can be produced by fresh cactus pear fruits or diluted by concentrated cactus juice. The end products are mainly filled into bottles, cartons or metal cans.

 Single strength and concentrated cactus pear pulp/puree: The concentrated cactus juice is 12 Brix, after concentrating, the juice is 36 Brix. The end products can be filled into 200L poly bags in drums.

cactus pear juice end package

Cactus Pear Processing Line Technological Flowchart 

The fresh cactus pear will be washed by air bubble washer and brush washer, through washing, the spines and foreign matters on the surface of cactus will be removed, then use an elevator to lift the fruit to the roller sorting machine. After that, we will get clean high-quality fruits. And then the cactus pear crusher and pulping machine will be used to peel and crush the cactus pear and remove the seeds, after pulping, we get the cactus pear pulp, to remove the big solids in the pulp, the scrape refiner will be used, then after refining, we get the emulsified puree. The refined cactus pear puree can be further centrifuge separated by the decanter to make the cactus pear juice, then after blending with other ingredients, pasteurizing, homogenizing, and filing into containers; the puree can also be evaporated, sterilized and filled into the containers to make the concentrated cactus puree.

Cactus pear processing line technological flowchart

Cactus Pear Processing Line Key Machine Introduction 

Cactus pear washing machine

Fruit is sorted and washed as it enters the plant. Fruit that is damaged, spoiled, overripe, green, miscoloured, misshapen or not uniform in any way is rejected at this stage. After sorting and before processing, the fruit must be washed with clean water that has preferably been chlorinated (200 ppm). This can be done by immersing the fruits in tanks made from plastic or a similar, easily washable, non-contaminating material. The choice of equipment depends largely on plant throughput and the scale of production. For example, the production line of a microenterprise will contain equipment that is typically modular, simple, small-scale, manually operated and easy to clean. Depending on the quantity of fruit washed, the water should be changed frequently to keep it clean and avoid contaminating the fruit. This is the final procedure before peeling the fruit, which is usually done by hand using sharp knives. The easiest way to peel cactus pear fruit is to cut off the ends, make a slit lengthwise and remove the peel in one piece. This also removes the section of inner skin under the fine epidermis. However, the inner skin is incorporated into some processes to boost yield without affecting the product’s flavor or aroma. It is difficult to remove the thin outer epidermis any other way and most plants remove it along with the peel.

Cactus Pear brush washing machine
Cactus Pear sorting machine

Cactus pear peeling, crushing and pulping machine

The cactus pear will be feed into this machine, and the machine integrates peeling, deseeding and crushing and pulping as one body. The whole machine is made of SUS304 material. For the small capacity cactus pear processing plant, the peeling process can also be done manually with the sharp knife, then the peeled cactus pear