Wild Food ForagingHow to Pick and Eat Prickly Pear Cactus in an Emergency

How to Pick and Eat Prickly Pear Cactus in an Emergency

If you live is a part of the world where they grow, see how to pick and eat prickly pear cactus in an emergency.
Surviving being stranded in an unfamiliar place can be a very scary situation.

However, if you had some prior knowledge of foraging you could increase your odds of being able to survive by finding food, even in the most unlikely place. This video was designed to introduce the viewer to an edible plant that you can easily found in a desert area in the event you were become stranded.

How to Pick and Eat Prickly Pear Cactus in an Emergency

The video showing you how to find, gather, cook and then eat a cactus pad is from, Junkyard Fox. The creator of the video was looking to share their vast knowledge of foraging and emergency food planning.

The video describes in detail about how the prickly pear cactus can be used as an emergency food source. All of the information presented in the video is really easy to read and understand. While this shows you how to eat the cactus in the wild and could provide you with food in an emergency these cactus pads are also bottles in brine and called Nopales      (cactus in Spanish) and you can find them in any Mexican store or on Amazon.

Nopales are actually very tasty and you can add them to scrambled eggs, brown then a little wit onion to have with steak and my favorite way is to add them to my guacamole. I don’t mash mu guac, I chop everything into small pieces and the same with the jar of nopales, I cut them into the same size pieces and they are really good in the guac.

One thing about nopales in a jar to remember is that they are packed in a brine, so before eating them you should drain and rinse them really well. They feel almost slimy when you first open the jar but it all rinses off with cold water.

Just empty the jar into a colander and rinse until the slimy feeling is gone. They will usually be a Serrano pepper in the jar and some cilantro. I mince the pepper and use it and throw away the cilantro because I add fresh to my guac. You can keep or throw away either as you desire.

Benefits of watching the video Survival 101: How to Pick and Eat Prickly Pear Cactus in an Emergency

Learn some very valuable information about finding and identifying prickly pear cactus as an emergency food source when stranded in the desert. The video goes into great detail explaining how the prickly pear cactus is edible.

The presenter also goes into great detail explaining how easy it can be to identify and gather the edible part of the plant. Learning to make use of what is available can be life saving.


Paige Raymond
Paige Raymond
Raised in rural Montana and educated in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Development, Paige Raymond combines a practical mindset with a passion for self-reliance and sustainability. With expertise ranging from mechanical solutions and food preservation to emergency preparedness and renewable energy, Paige is a proud author with more than 5000 published articles.

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