Cactus Recipes

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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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.

fleshy oval pads of nopal cactus

 

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

 


How to make a Nopal Prickly Cactus Smoothie January 21 2016, 0 Comments

 Here's a good cactus smoothie instructional video. This lady makes a nice nopal smoothie.

 


Nopal Shake Recipe January 19 2016, 0 Comments

A lady shows her use of powdered cactus, protein powder, frozen berries and fruit juice as a quick and easy way to add some fiber to her diet while taking advantage of the many benefits of the Natural Healing Cactus. Our cactus can be used in place of the powder and some of the juice.


A Cactus Smoothie, an excellent way to get your dose of cactus January 19 2016, 0 Comments

This looks like a fun smoothie to make. Horchata is a rice milk with cinnamon. Our cactus is excellent in a smoothie without being peeled or cooked, but sauteing it in agave nectar sounds interesting. Cooking is sometimes about stepping out and trying something new.


Raw nopal cactus smoothie January 18 2016, 0 Comments

This is much the way we make our nopal cactus smoothies. Raw. Excellent, magnifique! 


Dr Oz discusses how the Nopal cactus (Prickly Pear Cactus) helps treat diabetes January 17 2016, 0 Comments

Dr. Oz uses some funnels and such to illustrate how it is thought eating cactus helps control the flow of sugar into the body, and thereby help relieve some of the symptoms of Type II diabetes for some people.

Many of our customers say that eating just a little of the cactus every day or two helps maintain their proper blood-sugar levels. I'm not a doctor, so I have to rely on the doctors (and customers) to know these things.


How to Prepare Nopales (Cactus Pads), by Sunset January 17 2016, 0 Comments

I LOVE it when people not associated with us or cactus growers highlight the fine taste of cactus paddles.

Note, our cactus leaves are not this involved to clean. It's kind of sad that a great place like Sunset did not get higher quality leaves from 'little ol us' here in California. Our cactus clean up with just a rubbing, and they are great raw!


Cactus-Aloe Smoothie, the SUPER Longevity drink January 17 2016, 0 Comments

 

Markus Rothkranz shows how to prepare one of the healthiest powerful drinks possible, using two of the most healing plants on the planet, the Prickly Pear cactus AKA Nopales) and Aloe Vera.

Really, as much talking as this guy does about cactus health-benefits you'd think I've paid him to advertise for us! BTW, he's not  a teeny-bopper.... he is a lot 'older' than I'd have thought. Maybe his healthy living is showing real dividends!


Nopal Cactus becomes an emerging food trend January 17 2016, 0 Comments

Edible cactus, called nopales, has long been popular in Mexico and other South American countries, as well as Italy, India, Africa and Australia, but lately it's catching on in the US as
well.