Cactus Recipes

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

 


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

Here's our Pinterest board on Cactus Recipes

 


Healthy Cactus Soup Recipe From Singapore January 27 2016, 1 Comment

Healthy Cactus Soup Recipe From Kin Yan Agrotech (仙人掌鸡汤)

healthy catcus chicken soup recipes
Wanna try Cactus Soup? My first reaction was, "Yucks!" Somehow, the staff at Kin Yan Agrotech managed to convince me to pour the mini cup-size soup into my mouth. The next thing I knew, I was totally intoxicated by the delicious soup!

Nopal Cactus Stew January 26 2016, 0 Comments

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Nopal Cactus stew
muey deliciosso!

John's Nopales Cactus Stew

Ingredients:
Stew meat... beef or pork or local favorite
1/2 to one pound of nopales cactus prepared and diced
sliced carrots
a can of sweet corn (or fresh if available)
two, three or four pickled or fresh jalapeno peppers (or to taste)
three cloves or more (to taste) of garlic
one to four medium onions
one half bunch of cilantro (or more is better) 
a tender squash or three
quarter cup of olive oil
couple dashes of salt and some ground black pepper will add flavor

Cooked and hot Rice or barley to serve the nopales over

Serves four

Brown the meat in olive or vegetable oil, you can add bacon strips if you like more fat...
Add some water and let the meat simmer covered for an hour,
then add one diced onion, and the sliced carrots and let simmer for another hour
Add in the corn, peppers, cilantro and other spices.... and simmer for half an hour....
add in the edible cactus and squash and let it simmer for thirty minutes,
then remove from the heat and serve hot over hot rice or barley.

 


Nopal Nutrition facts and Health benefits January 24 2016, 0 Comments

Nopal Nutrition facts and Health benefits
From Nutrition and You.com

See the table below for in depth analysis of nutrients:

Nopales (Opuntia ficus-indica ), raw pads,
Nutrition value per 100 g.
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 16 Kcal <1%
Carbohydrates 3.33 g 2.56%
Protein 1.32 g 2%
Total Fat 0.09 g <1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 2.2 g 5.5%
Vitamins
Folates 3 µg <1%
Niacin 0.410 mg 2.5%
Pantothenic acid 0.167 mg 3%
Pyridoxine 0.070 mg 6%
Riboflavin 0.041 mg 3%
Thiamin 0.012 mg 1%
Vitamin C 9.3 mg 15.5%
Vitamin A 457 IU 15%
Vitamin E 0.00 mg 0%
Vitamin K 5.3 µg 4.4%
Electrolytes
Sodium 21 mg 1.5%
Potassium 257 mg 5.4%
Minerals
Calcium 164 mg 16%
Copper 0.052 mg 6%
Iron 0.59 mg 7%
Magnesium 52 mg 13%
Manganese 0.457 mg 20%
Phosphorus 16 mg 3%
Selenium 0.7 µg 1%
Zinc 0.21 mg 5%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-ß 250 µg
Carotene-a 48 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 0 µg

Prickly pear leaf soup with chicken January 18 2016, 0 Comments

mm-MM-mm Good!

 

Edible Cactus should be regarded as an herb.

Mix a little bit with almost anything else one is eating.


NOPALES EN CHIPOTLE - CACTUS STEW January 17 2016, 0 Comments

 

Here's a Spanish-Language video with English subtitles showing how to make this mouthwatering cactus stew.

Oh, this makes me hungry.


How to prepare and cook nopales cactus♥Nopales and Diabetis♥Mexican Cactus January 17 2016, 0 Comments

A cute Mexican accent and a fine dish of cactus!
Our cactus is easy to prepare though... not as much knife-work and learning as the spiny cactus has.