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Nopales Cactus Leaf
Inventory, 30 lbs : 221.44
This item was last sold on : 07/31/21
Nopales, pronounced noh-pahl-es, are the pads or cladodes of the common edible cactus, ficus-indica. Harvested young for tenderness, the pads have sharp spines across its entirety that need to be handled carefully and removed before cooking and consumption. Large and mostly flat, the pads are usually only about half an inch thick and oval in shape. Nopales should be moderately bright green when fresh and fade to a muted olive green after cooking. The texture of Nopales is tender and slightly gelatinous with a tender toothsome crunch.
Nopales are available year-round with a peak season in mid-spring.
Nopales, botanically classified as Opuntia ficus-indica, was a source of nutritious food for Native Americans. This cacti was once used as a host plant for cochineal insects. Consuming the cacti moisture and nutrients turned the insects vibrant red, after which they would be processed for use in food grade dyes.
Nopales is an excellent source of vitamin A, C and B. Nopales cactus contains a large amount of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties due to high concentrations of the bioflavonoid quercetin. Nopales is being studied as a possible treatment for type 2 diabetes due to its highly effective ability to stabilize the blood glucose levels in patients who consumed moderated amounts daily.
Nopales must always have its spines carefully removed before further preparations can be executed. Usually cooked, Nopales can be very refreshing and benefitting when blended raw with pineapple, orange and parsley for a morning smoothie. Blanched and sauteed with chorizo, Nopales make for a traditional accompaniment to eggs in the morning. Add to tortilla or chicken soup for texture and viscosity. Nopales are commonly blanched in salt water and added to salads with corn, fried jalapenos and black beans for a hearty lunch or light dinner. Fresh Nopales can be preserved by many methods, including pickled, canned, dehydrated or frozen.
Nopales is native to central Mexico, where evidence was found of its consumption as a food dating back 9,000 years. Nopales are commonly cultivated today in tropical and subtropical America, Mediterranean, tropical Africa, India and southeast Asia.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Pamplemousse Grill||Solana Beach CA||858-792-9090|
|Viejas Casino Grove Steakhouse||Alpine CA||800-295-3172|
|Golden Door||San Marcos CA||760-761-4142|
|Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-759-6063|
|Miho||San Diego CA||619-365-5655|
|Lodge at Torrey Pines Main||San Diego CA||858-453-4420|
|Continental Catering Inc||La Mesa CA||907-738-9264|
|Border X Brewing||San Diego CA||858-405-0528|
|The Lab||San Diego CA||619-977-1245|
|Farmers Bottega||San Diego CA||619-306-8963|
|Volcano Rabbit||San Diego CA||619-232-8226|
|WaterBar||San Diego CA||619-308-6500|
|Paradise Point Resort Tidal||San Diego CA||858-490-6363|
Recipes that include Nopales Cactus Leaf. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Amy Glaze's Pommes D'amour||Nopales & Delicata Squash Quiche|
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Huntington Park Farmers Market
Gaytan Family FarmNear Bell, California, United States
About 46 days ago, 6/16/21
Sharer's comments : Freshly cut nopales ready to enjoy today :)
Country Farm Market
Country Farms MarketNear Mountlake Terrace, Washington, United States
22800 SR-99 Edmonds WA 98026
About 79 days ago, 5/14/21
Sharer's comments : Once you carefully remove the spines, this is a potent vitamin filled anti-inflammatory vegetable!
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Cabrals FarmNear Santa Monica, California, United States
About 137 days ago, 3/17/21
PCC Community Markets
PCC Natural Markets - FremontNear Seattle, Washington, United States
600 N 34th St Seattle WA 98103
About 462 days ago, 4/26/20
Sharer's comments : Super-food due to its antioxidant and cholesterol reducing properties. Lovely diced, sautéed and added to tacos!
Northgate Gonzalez Markets
Northgate Market - Lincoln AveNear Anaheim, California, United States
2030 E. Lincoln Ave. Anaheim CA 92806
About 554 days ago, 1/25/20
Sharer's comments : Beautiful display.
Cardenas Market - El CentroNear El Centro, California, United States
1620 N Imperial Ave El Centro CA 92243
About 558 days ago, 1/21/20
El Rancho Market
El Rancho Market - Arizona AveNear Glendale, Arizona, United States
1076 N Arizona Ave Chandler AZ 85225
About 559 days ago, 1/20/20
Food City - Southern AveLimassol, Cyprus
4727 E Southern Ave Phoenix AZ 85042
About 560 days ago, 1/19/20
El Super - E Southern AveNear Mesa, Arizona, United States
1251 E Southern Ave Mesa AZ 85204
About 572 days ago, 1/07/20
Mercado LizBaja California, Mexico
About 665 days ago, 10/06/19
Sharer's comments : These are a Latin favorite ..
Oviedo Farmers Market Near Oviedo, Florida, United States
About 694 days ago, 9/07/19
Apopka Market at Tractor Supply Near Apopka, Florida, United States
About 715 days ago, 8/17/19