Nopales is the term used for edible cactus leaves that come from prickly pear cactus. It is typically an ingredient in Mexican cuisine. Nopales are very nutritious and have a lot of fiber.
- Edible cactus can be refrigerated for more than a week if wrapped tightly in plastic.
- Use kitchen tongs or gloves to hold the cactus leaves. Place them on a cutting board and scrape the spines off using a sharp knife to clean them.
- Trim the edges and rinse the paddles. Cut the paddles into small strips.
- Put the strips into a medium sized pot with 4 quarts of water to boil for 15-18 minutes. Watch the pot as it tends to foam and boil over.
- Once done cooking, drain them and use them in salads, egg scrambles, stews, or anything else you can imagine!
Why It's Great
- Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full. Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.
- Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
- Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
- Potassium, a type of electrolyte, helps build muscle and keeps your heart healthy.
- Magnesium helps with muscle function and energy production.
- Manganese helps to keep our bones and nervous system healthy.