Cactus Recipes

Nopales and grass March 20 2016, 0 Comments

Yes, there is a lot of edible nopal cactus in the grass.
This is the time and the season to cut the grasses, opening the cactus plants up to the warmth of the sun and stimulating the springtime growth, just in time for Cinco de Mayo sales that will start in a month.
We can see the older more mature nopal plants much further down the hill reach above the grasses, and largely inhibit nearby grass growth once they have a good size to them. This is through an action called 'allelopathy' whereby the cactus exude substances through their roots that inhibit germination or growth of many other plants nearby, excluding them from the cactus patch.

nopal cactus hillside growing area

'Artisan-Grown' edible nopal cactus pads March 18 2016, 0 Comments

This is why we call these 'Artisan-Grown' edible nopal cactus pads.
Just before we start the larger commercial harvests we cut the grasses growing around the plants over the winter. The grasses from the rows are cut and laid in among the cactus plants in order to shade the soil. The grasses from the pathways are also cut and placed gently around the cactus.
This has several benefits"
1. Removal of the grasses will open the plants to the warming affects of the sun. This will stimulate the summer growth and formation of new cladodes (cactus pads, edible cactus leaves, nopales).
2. The cut grasses will help shade the soil, reducing temperature spikes and helping keep the cactus roots cool and conserving moisture. If the roots don't cook, the plant can take more sunshine and heat and grow faster.
3. As the year goes on the leaves and the straw from the grass stems will slowly decompose into the soil, adding to the biosphere of the soil zone.

Cutting by hand is more challenging. A mechanical string trimmer is faster, but the grasses are chopped up and fly everywhere, including damaging the growing cactus.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.
And this cactus is worth growing for our customers.
And I will grow it right, and leave this soil richer and deeper than when I got here.



Esta es la razón por la que los llamamos "Artisan-Grown'.
Justo antes de empezar las grandes cosechas comerciales cortamos las hierbas que crecen alrededor de las plantas durante el invierno. Los pastos de las filas se cortan y se sentó entre los cactos en orden a la sombra de la tierra.
Las hierbas de los caminos se cortan y coloca suavemente alrededor de los cactus.
Esto tiene varias ventajas"
1. Extracción de las gramíneas se abrirá las plantas afecta al calentamiento del sol. Esto estimulará el crecimiento de verano y formación de nuevos cladodios (pastillas de cactus comestibles, hojas de cactus, nopales).
2. Cortar la hierba ayudará a la sombra del suelo, reduciendo los picos de temperatura y ayudando a mantener las raíces de cactus fresco. Si las raíces no cocine, la planta puede tomar más sol y calor y crecer más rápido.
3. Como el año pasa sobre las hojas y la paja de los tallos de pasto se descomponen lentamente en el suelo, agregando a la biosfera, de la zona de la tierra. Cortar a mano es más desafiante. Un recortador de cadena mecánico es más rápido, pero las gramíneas están picados y volar por doquier, incluso dañar el cultivo de nopal Si vale la pena hacer, vale la pena hacer lo correcto. Y esto vale de nopal creciente para nuestros clientes. Y voy a crecer bien, y dejar esta tierra más rico y más profundo que cuando llegué aquí.

Industrial use of cactus March 18 2016, 0 Comments

We grow other practical cactus than what we have on the website and talk about the most. This one is going to a customer who uses it in some formulations. The plant is Opuntia robusta.
We enjoy working with the various companies that use our cactus for production purposes, whether freeze-dried and cubed or powdered, as well as the various chefs, restaurants, food stores and home cooks who use our nopal cactus.

Opuntia robusta

grass as a living mulch March 03 2016, 0 Comments

grass as a living mulch in a cactus fieldgrass as a living mulch in a cactus field

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.


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.


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.

Our Organic Certifications January 19 2016, 0 Comments

"Trust, but verify"
~Ronald Reagan~

We have added our organic certifications to our newly redesigned website to the page

Organic certification is important as it does give some verification of standards and practices. Another important consideration is the integrity and standards of the grower themselves, this is implemented through personal knowledge. This is also part of the reason for this blog, so YOU, the customer and potential customer know what Rivenrock Gardens stands for, what Rivenrock Gardens says they do, and what Rivenrock Gardens does.