Before I came to the land of Israel I was aware of the term sabra. Sabra is used to describe a native born Israeli. According to Wikipedia (so it must be true!), the word sabra derived from the Hebrew name for the Indian Fig Opuntia cactus, “tzabar”, and related to the Arabic word sabr which means “aloe” or “cactus” or “patience”. The allusion is to a tenacious, thorny desert plant with a thick hide that conceals a sweet, softer interior, suggesting that even though the Israeli Sabra are rough and masculine on the outside, they are delicate and sensitive on the inside. (In the United States, this cactus variety is known as the Prickly Pear.)
What I didn’t know is that they make delicious drinks like cactus juice and aloe vera drinks from prickly pear cactus. Try it next time you visit!