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For thousands of years, people in Mexico, South America, and the southwestern United States have been eating cactus to help supplement their diet. The most common kind of edible cactus is the prickly pear cactus. The fruit is sweet and delicious, and the leaves of the cactus are used in numerous dishes.
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Prickly pear cactus, both the leaves and the fruit, are low in calories and high in dietary fiber. Cactus contains vitamins C, A, K, and E. Cactus also contains essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, and iron.
You can boil the Nopales or cactus leaves, grill them, fry them, or even steam the flat pads. Once cooked, add them to scrambled eggs, put them into burritos, quesadillas, tamales, or gorditas. Grilling Nopales brings out their natural sweetness and makes an excellent side vegetable to any meal. A popular way to eat cactus in Mexican cuisine is by making a cactus salad. You can use whole cactus leaves, or for your convenience, buy a bag with pre-cut strips.
Boil the leaves for about 15 minutes until they become tender, and then drain them. Once cooled, add them to a salad bowl with diced tomatoes, chopped green onion, a handful of cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice, and a pinch of salt and Mexican oregano. Top the salad with crumbled Queso Anejo, Cotija, or feta cheese.
Impress your friends at your next gathering by serving them a prickly pear Margarita.
- 4-ounces of Silver tequila
- 2-ounces of Triple Sec
- 2-ounces of prickly pear syrup
- 1-ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice
- Lime slices
- Ice cubes
Rub the rim of a glass with fresh lime and add a touch of salt to the rim, Pour all the ingredients into a blender or cocktail shaker, and fill the glass with the colorful Margarita blend. Garnish with lime slices.
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