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Paddle Cactus by Javier in Miami, FL

Paddle Cactus or Nopales also known as Tuna: They are particularly common in dry land


Chose the young pads, but be careful, they are always full of very small spines.
With a knife cut off the paddle but avoid touching it with your bare hands. Hold the paddle with a knife or any other tool… and carefully peeled it, with another knife, to remove the spines.
Once it is peeled wash it and remove any hard part.
If you are in the middle of nowhere, and have no facility to cook well, you can just roast it in the fire… but if you have a pan, oil, onions and some spices… you can really prepare a very tasty delicious meal.
Cut it in small pieces (like ¾ inches by ¾ inches). In the pan put a little bit of oil, not too much, the onion and any other spice that you like… then tossed the nopales and mix it all together. Cook it until it is soft and tender.
You can use it as a complement for meats, eggs, rice or just eat it alone.
The young pads are very tenders, soft and delicious.


Nopales are very rich in fiber, vitamin A, C and B6, and mineral like magnesium, potassium, iron and some others. It is very low in carbohydrates and some believe it may help in the treatment of diabetes. And it taste great. For me it is very difficult to find nopales, because I live in a very wet area, but I drive more down south to a specific location where I can get them.

Picture was take it during a trip to San Antonio Texas. _______________________

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