Mexican Food: Nopales are cactus you can eat


Nopales– you may have seen them boiled and sliced in jars in the store aisle or diced with scrambled eggs.  You may have never seen them at all.  If that’s the case, trying them would be worthy of a maybe list.

You can buy them at some stores just like this.  I took this picture in the produce aisle in the store up the street.  At this stage, you still have to give them a good scraping, wash and boil.  They release a sticky substance when you cut them, even after cooked.  It’s ok and all part of the experience of eating nopalitos.


Besides the pads, you can also eat the cactus fruit– some people make juice out of the cactus fruit, just like the one Fred Flinstone drank..The fruit is pictured below.  It turns a beautiful violet color.  Be careful if you decide to try it, it will stain your clothes quickly if you get any on you.  I peel the fruit and slice the seedy treat like cucumber rounds.  You can try them just like that or add some lime and Tapatio on them 🙂


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