The nopal cactus is more commonly known as the prickly pear cactus. It is native to Mexico and famous for its health benefits due to its high antioxidant, vitamin, mineral, and fiber content.
They are eaten as a VEGETABLE and commonly found in restaurants, grocery stores, and farmers’ markets across the American Southwest, The South and Mexico. Nopales can also be eaten raw , cooked, pickled and water bath canning process. They resemble a green pepper when diced. They are a little chewy like okra and crunchy like green beans.
They are prepared many ways and taste differently depending on how they are used.
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Maria Gomez (The Homestead Survival Reader) says “Boil them in water with garlic an onion and then when boil put them in a glass jar and flip the jar upside down for one day after that just store them in the pantry. Make sure you refrigerate them when you open a jar to use.”
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