Cactus Recipes

Cactus Salad Recipe April 13 2016, 0 Comments

Here's a nice cactus recipe that uses grilled cactus to add to the salad.

In this recipe one cooks the olive-oiled and salted cactus over a grill until the color changes to a deeper green and some evidence of charring happens. The cactus is removed from the grill and cooled overnight, then it is chopped the next day and added in a bowl with  tomatoes, onions, chilies, cilantro and cheese. Drench with more olive oil and some vinegar, some more salt and some black pepper. Toss well. Serve on plates lined with lettuce leaves, and garnish with avocado slices sprinkled with cracked pepper garnish.

Oh, let me tell ya, this is one fine salad!

On an accompanying note... I recommend adding sweet corn sliced off the cob and some canned black beans.


5 Nopales Cactus Recipes for Cinco de Mayo April 05 2016, 0 Comments

5 CACTUS RECIPES FOR CINCO DE MAYO

For this Cinco de Mayo, we’re skipping the carne asada and enchiladas and swapping them for a more traditional ingredient: cactus.

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Picking Nopales, making nopalitos March 15 2016, 0 Comments

I was picking and packing nopal cactus today and had the urge to take pictures of the nopales pads.
We have here Grade-D (juicing Grade) cactus and Grade -C Gourmet grade nopal cactus pads in these pics.
This is the quality we've got being harvested right now.

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Yo estaba recogiendo y embalaje nopal cactus hoy y tenía ganas de tomar fotos de los nopales pastillas. Aquí tenemos la categoría D (zumo de grado) y cactus -C GRADO grado Gourmet nopal cactus pads en estas fotos. Esta es la calidad que tenemos está cosechando ahora.

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Above we have Grade-C nopales cactus. This is the grade we recommend for most culinary uses. This is an easy-to prepare nopal cactus that needs just a wiping under running water to clean off. They are excellent raw in salsa or a cool refreshing cactus salad. They can also be mixed with other foods as another ingredient in a healthy diet. Add some nopalitos diced-fine to your meatloaf and see how much moister the loaf is. Fry nopales in with other vegetables in a stir fry. Fry some potatoes and scramble eggs in, as the eggs are almost done toss your chopped cactus in, stir and spoon them into tortillas to make breakfast burritos.

 

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Arriba tenemos la categoría C cactus nopales. Este es el grado que recomendamos para la mayoría de los usos culinarios. Esta es una forma fácil de preparar nopal cactus que sólo necesita un barrido bajo un chorro de agua para limpiar. Son excelentes materias en salsa o un cactus refrescantes ensaladas. También pueden ser mezcladas con otros alimentos como otro ingrediente en una dieta saludable. Agregar unos trocitos finos de nopalitos a su pastel de carne y ver cuánto más mojado el pan. Freir nopales con otras verduras en un salteado. Freír las patatas y los huevos revueltos, como los huevos son casi hecho balancearse en sus cactus en picado, agitar y cuchara de ellos en las tortillas, burritos de desayuno.

 

nopales cactus pads (cladodes)

This photo shows the Grade D 'Juicing Grade' nopalea cactus we're harvesting right now. The quality and looks changes through the year, it is a plant that grows outdoors after all. These Grade-D Juicing-grade cactus are thicker skinned with more weight per nopal pad. These are the leaves that grew over the winter. They've seen a few storms, but they are full of life. This is the grade people who are going to juice them might want to use. They have a lot more fiber than the younger leaves. 

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Esta foto muestra el grado D 'exprimir' cactus nopalea grado estamos cosechando ahora. La calidad y analiza los cambios a través del año, es una planta que crece en el exterior después de todo. Estos Grado D exprimir cactus grado son más gruesas de piel con más peso por nopal pad. Estas son las hojas que crecieron durante el invierno. Ellos han visto pocas tormentas, pero están llenos de vida. Esta es la clase de personas que van a ellos el jugo que desee utilizar. Tienen mucha más fibra que las hojas más jóvenes.

 

 

 


Southwestern Cactus Salad March 14 2016, 0 Comments

From Allrecipes.com:

Southwestern Cactus Salad

"A delicious spicy salad, made from tender cactus, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and lemons. This is hot and spicy, so beware!"
Southwestern Cactus Salad

What Are Cactus Leaves? / Nopales Omelet Recipe March 14 2016, 0 Comments

 

While in Austin, Texas, Daniel Delaney came across many nopal cactus leaves. In this episode of What's This Food?!, he takes a look at the delicacy and use it make a perfect fluffy omelet, Tex-Mex-style! Note, he's got a spiny cactus, ours is very much easier to prepare needing only rubbing down with a cloth.


Meaning of the word 'nopal' March 13 2016, 0 Comments

Nopal is the Spanish word for 'cactus'.
Nopales refers to the pads (cladodes) of the cactus of the genus Opuntia (Prickly Pear, Cactus Apple) for eating. These pads are actually branches of the plant, and the spines in most Opuntia would be a leaf on that branch. The spine is the hard petiole of the leaf, turned into a defensive mechanism.
'Nopalitos' is the word for the nopal prepared and diced or cut into strips.

Nopal cactus

Nopal has been cultivated by natives of the Americas for thousands of years. Since the genus Opuntia crossbreeds quite readily, there are a great many varieties and hybrids of the nopal plant.

The nopal cactus has been regarded as a good source of health for generations. It is credited with a great deal of life-supporting functions from helping manage diabetes to providing a good foundation for bone growth due to it's 'perfect' calcium/phosphorus levels. 

It is also a good vegetable to use to 'spice up' foods. Sure, it's not spicy at all but tends to have a citric-lime taste if anything, and a texture much like green beans. It should be considered as an addition to a recipe, not the main course. But it does 'zap up' any recipe it is added to. Try nopal cactus diced small and added to a salad of lettuce, tomatoes, fresh-cut corn and cilantro with some alt/pepper and a spritz of olive oil. Use nopales diced as small as possible to add to your favorite salsa recipe, leave it in the fridge for a few hours for the nopales-taste to spread through the whole mix.

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Nopal es la palabra española para 'cactus'. Nopales se refiere a las pastillas (cladodios) de los cactus del género Opuntia (nopal, cactus de Apple) para comer. Estas pastillas son en realidad ramas de la planta, y las espinas en la mayoría de Opuntia sería una hoja en esa rama. La columna vertebral es el disco en el pecíolo de la hoja, se convirtió en un mecanismo defensivo. "nopalitos" es la palabra para el nopal preparado y picada o cortada en tiras.

Nopal ha sido cultivado por los nativos de las Américas durante miles de años. Desde el género Opuntia cruzados con bastante facilidad, hay una gran cantidad de híbridos y variedades de la planta de nopal. El nopal cactus ha sido considerada como una buena fuente de salud para las generaciones. Es acreditado con una gran cantidad de funciones de apoyo a la vida de ayudar a manejar la diabetes para proporcionar un buen fundamento para el crecimiento óseo debido a su 'perfecto' los niveles de calcio y fósforo. También es una buena verdura a utilizar para 'spice' de los alimentos. Está claro que no es picante, pero tiende a tener un sabor ácido cítrico-cal si nada, y una textura muy similar a las judías verdes. Debe ser considerado como una adición a una receta, no el plato principal. Pero no 'ZAP' cualquier receta es añadir. Intente nopal cactus en trocitos pequeños y se añade a una ensalada de lechuga, tomate, maíz fresco cortado y el cilantro con algunos alt/pimiento y un spritz de aceite de oliva. Utilizar nopales cortados en cubitos lo más pequeño posible para añadir a tus recetas de salsa, dejarlo en la nevera un par de horas para los nopales sabor para difundir a través de toda la mezcla.

 

 


The Nutrition of Cactus Juice March 12 2016, 1 Comment

From the article:

Cactus juice, also known as nopales, nopalitos or prickly pear juice, is a popular beverage in Mexico, South America, India, the Middle East and parts of Europe. This beverage has recently caught on in popularity in the United States.

The fleshy oval leaves of the cactus plant have a sticky liquid that is similar to asparagus, green beans or green peppers. The nectar of this plant is composed of water, sugar and minerals.

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The Nutritional Value of Cactus Juice

Cactus juice provides you with beta-carotene, vitamin B, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium and numerous other minerals and vitamins. Additionally, this fruit is rich in amino acids, specifically taurine. Taurine has antioxidants and flavonoids, both of which are beneficial to the body.

 

Health Benefits of Cactus Juice

Cactus juice has shown to help to prevent inflammation in the muscles, arteries, gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular region.

Cactus juice has a laxative effect and has shown to effectively treat constipation. In addition to easing constipation, cactus juice can reduce inflammation in the urethra and bladder.

Cactus juice is a good source of photochemicals, which can help strengthen the body's immune system.

Additionally, the nopal cactus has high levels of betalins, which are antioxidants.

The American Heart Association has conducted research examining the benefits of cactus juice in reducing cholesterol levels.

Cactus juice has shown to be an effective remedy for non-insulin diabetes. Research shows that cactus juice can help decrease and stabilize blood glucose and insulin levels

Enjoy 1 to 2 tbsp of cactus juice up to three times a day to benefit from the numerous benefits provided by this fruit.

Read the entire article about the Nutrition Value of Cactus Juice

 


Health Benefits of Nopal March 12 2016, 0 Comments

From the article:

Nopales are spectacularly healthy type of cacti with a wide range of health benefits including its ability to aid in weight loss, prevent cancer, improve skin health, protect heart health, regulate and improve digestion, boost the immune system, optimize metabolic activity, build strong bones, cure insomnia, and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Nutritional Value of Nopales

The wealth of health benefits that come from nopales are mainly attributable to its nutrition and vitamin content, which includes riboflavin, vitamin B6, copper, iron, fiber, vitamin-A, C, K, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. It is also an important source of certain organic compounds like phytochemicals and certain polysaccharides that also contribute to the health boosting power of nopales.

Health Benefits of Nopales

Digestion: Nopales are forms of cacti, so they are very fibrous and contain a great deal of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is essential in the digestive process, because it adds bulk to bowel movements that make them easier to pass through the smooth muscles of the digestive tract.

Weight Loss: There are a number of components within nopales which can aid in weight loss. First, fiber can make the body feel full and inhibit the release of ghrelin, which is the hunger hormone, so overeating is reduced. Secondly, this plant is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol, but it is packed with metabolic potential, so the body works at a higher level without gaining weight.

 

Cancer Prevention: The variety of phytochemicals, flavonoid compounds, vitamin-C, and other antioxidants found in nopales make it extremely beneficial for the entire immune system, particularly when it comes to various cancers.

 

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Metabolic Activity: One of the most important aspects of nopales in terms of health is its mineral and vitamin content. Nopales contain thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin-B6, all of which are vital components of cellular metabolism and normal, regulated enzyme function throughout the body.

 

Builds Strong Bones: The mineral content of this powerful cactus leaf includes a modest level of calcium, which is an essential part of building strong bones and repairing bones after being damaged.

 

Improve Sleep: This plant also contains magnesium,which is a useful mineral for inducing feelings of sleep for people suffering from insomnia, chronic anxiety or restlessness. It induces the release of serotonin in the body, which results in increased melatonin levels.

 

 

Inflammation: The juice that is taken out of the pickle pear leaves of nopales has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on a variety of body parts, including those symptoms associated with arthritis, injury, joint pain, and muscle strain.

 

 

 

 

Skin Health: The phytochemical and antioxidant characteristics of nopales make them a good defensive mechanism against premature aging symptoms, like wrinkles and age spots.

 

Diabetes: The extracts from the leaves of prickly pear cactus can be powerful regulators of glucose levels within the body. For patients with type 2 diabetes, it can cause a reduced spike in glucose levels following eating, which makes the management of diabetes easier.

 

 

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Nopal, From Wikipedia March 12 2016, 0 Comments

Nopal

From Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia

Here's a nopal salad. Photo from Wikipedia.

Nopal comes from the Nahuatl word nohpalli for the pads of the plant. Nopal is a common name in Mexican Spanish for Opuntia cacti (commonly referred to in English as prickly pear), as well as for its pads. 

The Wiki article talks of how nopal pads can be eaten raw or cooked, used in marmalades, soups stews and salads, as well as being used for traditional medicine or as fodder for animals. Farmed nopales are most often of the species Opuntia ficus-indica or Opuntia joconostle although the pads of almost all Opuntia species are edible. The other part of the nopal cactus that is edible is the fruit called the tuna in Spanish, and the "prickly pear" in English.

Nopales are generally sold fresh in Mexico, cleaned of spines, and sliced to the customer's desire on the spot, they can also be found canned or bottled, and less often dried, especially for export. Cut into slices or diced into cubes, nopales have a light, slightly tart flavor, like green beans, and a crisp, mucilaginous (squishy) texture. In most recipes, the mucilaginous liquid they contain is sometimes included in the cooking. They are at their most tender and juicy in the spring.

Nopales are most commonly used in Mexican cuisine in dishes such as huevos con nopales (eggs with nopal), carne con nopales (meat with nopal), tacos de nopales, in salads with tomato, onion, and queso panela (panela cheese), or simply on their own as a side vegetable. Nopales have also grown to be an important ingredient in New Mexican cuisine[3] and in Tejano culture (Texas).

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"Nopal - Anti-Inflammatory and Lowers Cholesterol" March 12 2016, 0 Comments

Nopal cactus grows all over the world and it’s used as a great food in Mexico, South America, and many other areas of the world. And it has amazing health benefits such as: Its a powerful anti-inflammatory, a very good antioxidant, helps with weight loss, lowers cholesterol, has plant sterols to dissolves arterial plaques, lowers blood sugar, detoxes the liver, good immune booster, helps with gastric ulcers, lots of fiber, promotes the grow of probiotic bacteria, helps with hangovers, lowers blood sugar, lowers blood pressure and more.
 
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
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Nopal cactus crece en todo el mundo y es usado como una gran comida en México, América del Sur, y en muchas otras zonas del mundo. Y tiene increíbles beneficios para la salud tales como: es un potente antiinflamatorio, un muy buen antioxidante, ayuda con la pérdida de peso, reduce el colesterol, esteroles vegetales que disuelve las placas arteriales, baja el nivel de azúcar en la sangre, el hígado detoxes, buen refuerzo inmunológico, ayuda con las úlceras gástricas, mucha fibra, promueve el crecimiento de las bacterias probióticas, ayuda con la resaca, baja el nivel de azúcar en la sangre, disminuye la presión arterial y mucho más.
El Dr. Paul Haider - Maestro herborista