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are all cacti edible?
According to my quick Google search, the fruit of all true cacti are edible, though not all taste good.
I have all the ingridients and those cactus padles with the cactus pear are actually growing in front of me and they are maybe tons of them because im on holiday in Sicily,Palermo.But unfortunately I have no blender can I puree the salsa with something else please tell me.
Just made this for dinner and used it as a sauce along side some pork tenderloin-just really superb. I posted my version and a link to you on my blog Kitchen Inferno. Thanks for such an unusual salsa.
As a long time subscriber of your website, I was happy to see this recipe in my email. We need to showcase more the humble (Nopal) cactus paddles.
I have several recipes in my blog but we can always use more creative ways to use the nopales like in this great salsa. Even for me is a new way to use nopales.
Thanks for sharing it.
Mely, I agree! I love cactus. So glad you like this recipe.Enjoy! ~Amber
Not meaning to sound stupid or anything but I have a kitchen full of catus but have no idea if they are what you are talking about. Some have the large paddles like you say and they reach clear to the kitchen ceiling.Am I safe to use what I have in the kitchen or is there a way of knowing what I have? I have never seen catus for sale in any of our stores around here so I hope I can use them without making someone sick. Any thoughts?
Roberta, most of the decorative cacti are likely not the prickly pear cactus meant for eating. Please consult an expert. We definitely don’t recommend eating your house plants. The cactus is commonly referred to as prickly pear, nopal, or tuna. ~Amber
Davis ? The Market I mean?
Marl, I found them at the Sacramento downtown farmers market. ~Amber
Sounds wonderful, however in England it is kind of difficult to find cacti without raiding the local botanical gardens. Is there anything else that could be substituted for that, what has a similar taste or texture? Things like lady fingers spring to mind but not too sure on this one. Your advice would be much appreciated as the dish sounds great, thanks.
Mike, I’m not familiar with lady fingers (other than the cookies). There really isn’t another vegetable that has quite the same texture or flavor as a cactus. You could try using 2 more green tomatoes instead of the cactus (a total of 4 green tomatoes) for a green tomato salsa. But it won’t be quite the same. ~Amber
Mmmmmm… yum! I bet this salsa would be incredible paired with pulled pork soft tacos. Looking forward to trying this.
made it tonight. it was beauuuuutiful. you can feel a bit of heat in your throat but it’s not too spicy at all. interesting flavors that i’ve never tasted before!