Edible cactus

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Edible cactus

Postby emerald » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:30 pm

Saw these at the supermarket. Wonder how to cook them and also what are their nutritional values, pls advise.

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Postby jce » Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:42 pm

If I don't remember wrongly, can be used in soup. Sorry, not sure about the exact recipe

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Postby BlurBee » Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:12 pm

Hi, this is what I found online.

Edible cactus is also known as nopales (no-PAHles), nopalitos or cactus pads. This vegetable is popular in Mexico and other Central American countries, parts of Europe, the Middle East, India, North Africa and Australia. Its popularity is increasing in the United States where it can be found at Mexican grocery stores, specialty produce markets and farmer's markets.

Edible cactus is characterized by its fleshy oval leaves (typically called pads or paddles) of the nopal (prickly pear) cactus.

With a soft but crunchy texture that also becomes a bit sticky (not unlike okra) when cooked, edible cactus tastes similar to a slightly tart green bean, asparagus, or green pepper.

Cactus pads contain beta carotene, iron, some B vitamins, and are good sources of both vitamin C and calcium.

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/ ... 276&page=2

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Postby dasalo » Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:01 am

BlurBee wrote:Cactus pads contain beta carotene, iron, some B vitamins, and are good sources of both vitamin C and calcium.

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/ ... 276&page=2


I thought Beta Carotene only found in orange colour food???

Bought a pad the other day after my dd pestered. She thought it would taste like aloe but her spirit was dampened after tasting it.

It taste like raw veg...say like the texture of raw Kai Lan stem. The same texture maybe a little softer but *yikes* not for me if it's raw.

I think it should taste alittle better if it is cooked?? I am not sure if by cooking it, reduces its nutritional value??

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Postby emerald » Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:33 pm

Thanks for the kind replies. I think I'll forget about the idea of trying it out. :D

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