Cactus Recipes

5 CACTUS RECIPES FOR CINCO DE MAYO March 05 2016, 0 Comments


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

The nopal cactus, also known as “prickly pear,” is a plant native to the mountains of Mexico. It has been used as both a food and for its medicinal benefits by the native peoples of that region since ancient times. It has been widely valued for its nutrition and vitamin content, which includes riboflavin, vitamin B6, copper, iron, fiber, vitamin-A, C, K, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. It’s high content of dietary fiber makes it widely used to aid in digestion.

If your grocery store or farmers market doesn’t sell cactus, you can find it at most Latin grocery stores in the produce aisle, either whole or already prepped and chopped. (My local Whole Foods is selling bags of already chopped cactus for Cino de Mayo).


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This homesick Texan decided to transform the traditional US Family Gathering meal of Green Bean Casserole by substituting the green beans with slices of cactus.

"Have you ever eaten cactus? Edible cactus, which in Spanish is known as nopal, comes from the prickly pear cactus, a beautiful plant that dots the landscape of West Texas. The plant has wide paddles that resemble a beaver’s tail and with a little care (yes, you remove the thorns) the paddles make for a delicious vegetable. It’s also extremely nutritious, as some studies have noted that eating cactus helps treat diabetes and lower cholesterol levels. Though health benefits aside, I simply like to eat it because it tastes so darn good.

Eating cactus is pretty common in Texas, especially in San Antonio and along the border. The most frequent application is cactus scrambled with eggs, which makes for a fine breakfast taco filling. But you can also make cactus salad, cactus soup, cactus relleno or simply grill it and serve it with roasted meat.

When people ask, “What does cactus taste like,” the best answer is that it’s similar to green beans. And so with this in mind, I decided to make a cactus casserole to replace the green-bean casserole we won’t be eating this year."


 cactus casserole

Our Pinterest board on Cactus Recipes February 06 2016, 0 Comments

Here's our Pinterest board on Cactus Recipes


Health Benefits of Cactus January 28 2016, 0 Comments

Health Benefits of Cactus

May. 17, 2011 - 2:33 - The Medicine Hunter and Dr. Manny visit Toloache in New York City to find out how eating cactus can boost your health and wellness.

We were on NPR's 'All Things Considered'! January 22 2016, 0 Comments

Sure, it's been a long time, but it's a coup to be featured on national radio.
Sadly the audio-portion is not stored. The interview was just short of ten minutes!

Cactus Recipes
Courtesy of John and Victoria Dicus of the Rivenrock Gardens Cactus Farm in Nipomo, California

More recipes may be found at Rivenrock Gardens' Web site.

Cactus Leaf Preparation
One should harvest the nopal cactus when the individual leaf is young and fresh. The leaves will generally be hand sized, they must have a glossy green sheen and be of minimum thickness, about 3/8" thick.

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John's cactus salsa January 21 2016, 0 Comments

Cactus Salsa Recipe

  John's Cactus Salsa Recipe
All of the ingredients can be adjusted for taste.
two pounds of cactus prepared and diced
a lot of diced tomatoes, or a couple cans of diced tomatoes
three or four pickled jalapeno peppers (or to taste)
three cloves or more (to taste) of garlic
an onion or two, diced
a can each of red kidney, black bean, and pinto beans
a can of sweet corn
pinch of basil
a bunch of chopped cilantro
quarter cup of olive oil
couple dashes of salt and some ground black pepper will add flavor
a handful of shelled sunflower seeds, shelled and crushed pumpkin seeds, or crushed pine nuts, or any mix of them
For a real crowd pleaser at a picnic or party make this cactus salsa ahead of time and allow it to blend its flavors in the refrigerator for a few hours or more.
Just mix all the ingredients above that you can obtain.
Some hot peppers are always in favor here in the Southwest,
but other folks may need it tamed down on the hot peppers some.
One can use this as a dip for tortilla chips, or a relish and garnish on burritos, meat dishes or a general spicy condiment over eggs or other foods.

How To Buy Fresh Nopales Organic Cactus Paddles Known As Prickly Pears (Riven Rock Farms) January 21 2016, 0 Comments

Wow, this is great! I just found a video a chef made that talks about our cactus!
Really and truly, we've had a lot of chefs rave about our cactus before, and we're served in some of the finest restaurants in California!
We're continually honored by the way people like our cactus, and it is a really good feeling to provide what seems to be known as among the world's finest edible cactus.

Nopales Con Huevo (Cactus and Eggs) January 21 2016, 0 Comments

The family that cooks together stays together. Even decades from now, this grandmother will be connected to her granddaughters children when they cook this nopales cactus meal, handed down for generations.

Vegan Kitchen and Rivenrock Nopales Cactus January 20 2016, 0 Comments


Vegan Kitchen tries to connect vegans with wholesome food.

One day they asked if we'd ship a box of cactus for them to use for a show...
they liked the cactus. I enjoyed their show. It is homey and fun.

Cactus health benefits, fights diabetes January 18 2016, 0 Comments

Many of our customers say they take cactus as a medicine. 
It does not take much to regulate blood sugar. It is said to slow the absorption of sugar into the body and reduces the spikes in sugar levels.
This is an endorsement of a prepared cactus juice that is marketed nationally.

People can buy our fresh organic edible cactus and see if they get the same benefits.