Edible Cactus - Nopales
Our spineless Nopales taste a little like green beans, but slightly more acidic. Nopales are delicious when simply grilled. Their thick, meaty texture lends them their nickname: green steaks. A single leaf can be grilled and served on a plate and pretty much take over the center stage. Blanched and sauteed with chorizo, Nopales make for a traditional accompaniment to eggs in the morning. Add to tortilla or chicken soup for texture and viscosity. Nopales are commonly blanched in salt water and added to salads with corn, fried jalapenos and black beans for a hearty lunch or light dinner. Blended raw with pineapple, orange and parsley for a morning smoothie. Fresh Nopales can be preserved by many methods, including pickled, canned, dehydrated or frozen.Here's a delicious nopales salsa recipe:https://www.adrianasbestrecipes.com/cactus-salsa-mexican-nopalitos/
Nopales is an excellent source of vitamin A, C and B. Nopales cactus contains a large amount of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties due to high concentrations of the bioflavonoid quercetin. Nopales is being studied as a possible treatment for type 2 diabetes due to its highly effective ability to stabilize the blood glucose levels in patients who consumed moderated amounts daily.