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Can I eat these? If so how do I cook them?

  1. peeples profile image95
    peeplesposted 4 years ago

    Can I eat these? If so how do I cook them?

    I have a ton of cacti like the ones in the picture in my yard. I would love to put them to use and eating them would be a good option if they are edible. So what can I do with them?


  2. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 4 years ago

    Here's a great link to answer your question peeples:


  3. Rod Rainey profile image80
    Rod Raineyposted 4 years ago

    I was a batcher at a barbecue sauce factory for a while and we made a tequila/cactus salsa, so it can be eaten. Not sure what type we used or how it was prepared, but it came in cans.

  4. Blond Logic profile image97
    Blond Logicposted 4 years ago

    Yes, you can eat those. In fact when I was young my father used to buy us cactus candy.
    I have a recipe in my Mexican cookbook. My book says choose tender young leaflets which don't have spines. If they do scrape them off with a knife. They require light cooking only.
    2tsp veg oil
    4 oz cooked diced green chile
    1 Tbsp chopped onion
    1 large fresh tomato chopped
    salt to taste
    1/8 tsp pepper
    1/8 grlic powder
    3/4 cup diced, cooked Nopales.
    Heat oil and sauté green chile and onion. Add chopped tomato and season. Cover to simmer a few minutes then blend in nopales. Cook for a few minutes . Serves 4

    1. CharronsChatter profile image77
      CharronsChatterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      what's the taste like, Blondie?

    2. Blond Logic profile image97
      Blond Logicposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I have them growing about 100 yards from my pots and pans but haven't tried them. I just keep opening my cookbook and looking at the recipe and thinking I should make it. I was hoping you would get back to me and let me know. LOL

    3. DrMark1961 profile image100
      DrMark1961posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      In Arabic we call them "kermoos nasrani" or Christian figs. They are eaten raw and taste sort of like figs, but you have to clean them carefully first, of course. I have not had them cooked, and BlondLogics recipe sounds like a good way to use them..

    4. Blond Logic profile image97
      Blond Logicposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Just an additional note. Here in Brazil, these plants grow wild in parts and when there is very little for the cattle to eat, the farmers will feed their cattle these (obviously removing the spines first).

  5. SAM ELDER profile image76
    SAM ELDERposted 4 years ago


    I'm not sure if you can eat this one. But if you are interested there is a cactus called prickly pear that can be consumed. We have a lot of them on Island Crete in Greece. It is sweet and juicy.

  6. Georgie Lowery profile image92
    Georgie Loweryposted 4 years ago

    I lived in Texas for a while and a lot of folks eat these. I was told that some cut the pointy things off, slice them up and cook them like green beans. Never tried them myself, though.

  7. CharronsChatter profile image77
    CharronsChatterposted 4 years ago

    um...very carefully?  oh ell oh ell. Seriously, they look juicy delicious...

  8. lemmyC profile image78
    lemmyCposted 4 years ago

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  9. ThelmaC profile image96
    ThelmaCposted 4 years ago

    Before eating them, I would take a sample to your local Home Extension Agent (what we call them here) and ask for their advice.  They will know for sure and then you won't have the risk of eating something that could be harmful.  Better safe than sorry!

    1. Lisa HW profile image73
      Lisa HWposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I'd agree.  My motto is, "Don't eat anything you didn't get in the Produce aisle."    smile    Also, though, my mother's motto used to be:  "You don't know where the dogs have been."    smile

  10. theodoresumrall profile image60
    theodoresumrallposted 4 years ago

    I'm not sure of all the types. However, there are certain types of cactus that can be consumed, be their flowers or fruits. The one you have uploaded  here seems like Prickly Pear Cactus, its fruits are edible. Do not have knowledge of health benefits!

  11. lupine profile image75
    lupineposted 4 years ago

    Yes this type of cactus is edible, it is called Nopal. The fruit is edible, sweet, doesn't need to be cooked, must be peeled entirely. Do not handle with bare hands.

    The green leaf-like part, needs to be cooked. Be very careful when handling of course, since the thorns are very sharp, use several paper towels, or tongs when cutting off the plant and removing the thorns with a sharp knife, do not peel the whole thing. You may want to cut the tips of the thorns with scissors first, even while still on the plant. If you can do this outside in the yard its better than doing this in your kitchen. Newspaper can be put on the table, easily thrown away. After thorns are removed, rinse and slice across the length in strips, then again in the other direction. The pieces should be the size of cut green beans. Cooked by boiling in a pot of water, add 3-5 cloves of garlic, cook until tender, add a little salt to taste. Drain water, notice it's kind of thick/slimey. That's they way they are, can slightly rinse/drain again if desired. They are now ready to use. Note: these are not usually eaten alone, but are combined in Mexican dishes. Example: Add to cooked pork chops: Brown/cook pork chops in a skillet with oil, add chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, small can of tomatoe sauce, 1/2 to 1 cup of water, add cooked "nopales", let simmer for about 15 minutes. Delicious! Have with tortillas. Another way is to add  to scrambled eggs, add while cooking the eggs. Use in a cold Nopal salad...combine in a bowl with chopped tomatoes. onion, cilantro, salt, pepper and enjoy with tortilla chips. If this seems like a lot...they do sell them in a jar at the grocery store, but not as good as home-made. Hope this helps.

    1. theodoresumrall profile image60
      theodoresumrallposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Interestingly, Nopal is widely available in Nepal, (Country) almost everywhere.