Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Cactus for sale

Remember the prickly pear cactus in bloom I showed in this photo? You can buy the "leaves", called nopalitos at the mercado (Mexican supermarket) and make a salad.

9 Comments:

Blogger ~tanty~ said...

Doesn't it bitter? Have you ever tried it? The salad looks delicious by the way.

Wed Jul 19, 01:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger alice said...

Good to attrack attention from your guests!

Wed Jul 19, 02:00:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kala said...

that is some serious large cactus!!!

Wed Jul 19, 02:32:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kris said...

I havent tasted cactus before .er..i have a pot of cactus at the balcony , should i try making salad with it?

ps. in the other photo, it's too lovely to be eaten!

Wed Jul 19, 03:20:00 AM PDT  
Blogger edwin s said...

I wanna try some. That means when they used to milk cacti for juice in the cartoons, it wasn't a gag! I understand the Road Runner much better now.

Wed Jul 19, 07:49:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lisi said...

never had cactus salad before, gotta try next time in SD ;-)

Wed Jul 19, 09:58:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kate said...

I've seen these here in a Mexican mecado and in Mexico but have never tried it. Guess I need to remedy that. I just checked the cookbook by Mexican cook guru, Diana Kennedy, and the recipe is fairly simple. Think I'll shop and try it this week-end. If interested, surf the net for recipes.

Wed Jul 19, 12:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Rodney said...

Nice shot! Some of my co-workers also make a morning smoothie out of cactus. I never tried it though.

Wed Jul 19, 04:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Felicia said...

Thanks everybody! I've never made cactus salad before but I did have it at a restaurant once. It has a mild flavor and it's consistency is a lot like crunchy green beans. Kris, I guess you could use your own plant, but watch out for the thorns! I hear the smaller the "leaves" the better. Rodney, cactus smoothie sounds good!

Thu Jul 20, 10:06:00 PM PDT  

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