Cactus Recipes

5 CACTUS RECIPES FOR CINCO DE MAYO March 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.

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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Springtime cactus harvest has begun! March 04 2016, 0 Comments

We now have enough of the young and new cactus leaves of the springtime growing to begin picking and packing them into the nopal shipment boxes. Until this week we've been harvesting nopal leaves grown through the winter, they are tougher.. nothing like the springtime cactus leaves, which are the best nopal of the year.... the most precious, the most succulent, the most dear.
The highest quality cactus you are likely to have ever seen.
The springtime cactus harvest of 2016 has begun!

The highest quality, soft, tender baby-cactus leaves. The most sought-after cactus of the year.

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Ahora tenemos suficiente de los jóvenes y las nuevas hojas de nopal de la primavera creciendo para comenzar la recogida y empaquetado en cajas de envío del nopal. Hasta esta semana hemos estado cosechando hojas de nopal cultivado durante el invierno, que son más resistentes.. Nada como la primavera hojas de cactus, que son el mejor nopal del año.... la más preciosa, la más suculenta, el más querido.
La más alta calidad cactus es probable que haya visto nunca.
La primavera cactus cosecha de 2016 ha comenzado!
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La más alta calidad, suaves, tiernas hojas de cactus de bebé. Los más buscados después de cactus del año.

 

 Nopalea grande edible cactus leaf. Grade C.


grass as a living mulch March 03 2016, 0 Comments

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Yes, there are hundreds of cactus plants in these images... mostly hidden by the tall winter grass that we use as a living mulch.
The grass is almost three feet tall now.
It shields the soft soil from the pounding rain.
It holds the soil together and open....
it sucks up excess moisture....
after it seeds we cut it, and it forms a protective mulch over the soil, shading it from the sun and eventually rotting into the soil to add to the high humus levels that keep the biological engine of the soil steaming along.

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Sí, hay cientos de plantas de nopal en estas imágenes... la mayoría ocultos por los altos pastos de invierno que utilizamos como una sala de mantillo.
La hierba es de casi 1.5 metros de altura.
Protege el suelo blando de las fuertes lluvias.
Mantiene el suelo y abrir....
que absorbe el exceso de humedad....
después de que las semillas se corta, y forma un mantillo protector sobre el suelo, las sombras del sol y finalmente pudriéndose en el suelo para añadir a los altos niveles de humus que mantenga el motor biológico del suelo a lo largo de cocción.

 


Cactus Harvest Begins March 02 2016, 0 Comments

The new cactus leaves are growing out nicely.
This is the week we start shipping the new leaves that are Grade C in small boxes to individuals.
Our commercial harvest for our distributor will begin in two weeks. We have to start slow, but by the middle of April (if we have no frost) we should be in high production of excellent edible cactus leaves for Cinco de Mayo.

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Las nuevas hojas de cactus están creciendo bien. Esta es la semana comenzamos el envio las hojas nuevas que son de grado C en pequeñas cajas a particulares. Nuestra cosecha comercial para nuestro distribuidor comenzará en dos semanas. Tenemos que empezar a lento, pero a mediados de abril (si no tenemos heladas) deberíamos estar en alta producción de excelentes hojas de cactus comestibles para el Cinco de Mayo.

 

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Nopales con Cebolla Caramelizada, Chile Guajillo y Queso Fresco February 15 2016, 0 Comments

Chef Rick Bayless is a world renowned specialist in Mexican cuisine. Here is one of his phenomenal recipes using cactus....

Nopal Cactus With Caramelized Onion, Guajillo Chile And Fresh Cheese

Nopales con Cebolla Caramelizada, Chile Guajillo y Queso Fresco
From Season 8,  Mexico—One Plate at a Time
Servings: 10to 12 tacos

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Nopal (Prickly Pear Cactus) for Type II Diabetes January 28 2016, 0 Comments

When 85 g of nopal was added to typical Mexican breakfasts, it reduced glucose levels for several hours and favorably altered the glycemic index of 3 different test breakfasts among 36 patients with type 2 diabetes.

 

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/724058


Fried Cactus January 24 2016, 0 Comments

Fried Cactus.
This is an easy way to enjoy fresh nopal cactus.
Fry some potatoes up whatever way you like. diced, sliced.... add some onions too.
When the potatoes are almost done add some cactus and stir it with the nearly cooked ingredients. Give it a couple of minutes. Our cactus does not need a lot of cooking if you even cook it at all. There's no need to cook our cactus until it becomes dark in color, eat it fresh and alive and bright green!
For another cactus treat you can add eggs to the 'water-cactus-onion mix and scramble them in. When the eggs are cooked spoon the mix into warm tortilla shells and have them as breakfast burritos.
Fried Cactus with Potatoes

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

http://vegankitchen.tv/rivenrock-com/

 

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.


PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS by Web MD January 20 2016, 0 Comments

Web MD is a good source for health news. Here they discuss Nopalea cactus which many of our customers say helps control their diabetes.

Prickly pear cactus is used for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, alcohol hangover, colitis, diarrhea, and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). It is also used to fight viral infections.

How does it work?

Prickly pear cactus contains fiber and pectin, which can lower blood glucose by decreasing the absorption of sugar in the stomach and intestine. Some researchers think that it might also decrease cholesterol levels, and kill viruses in the body.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-880-prickly%20pear%20cactus.aspx?activeingredientid=880&activeingredientname=prickly%20pear%20cactus


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.