Cactus Leaves (Edible Cactus)
Other Names: Nopales
Usage: Sliced or chopped for salads or cooked like green beans.
Selection: Also called Edible Cactus and nopales, cactus leaves will have even and somewhat thick leaves. They should also be solid with no soft, cracked, wrinkles or bruised spots. Coloring will be an even medium to dark green. Very small paddles may require more cleaning because their larger proportion of prickers and eyes.
Avoid: Avoid cactus that has thin, wilted leaves which are a sign of old product. Soft, discolored spots on the leaves should also be avoided. Be sure to pick cacti that are not limp or dry.
Storage: Edible cactus can be refrigerated for more than a week if wrapped tightly in plastic.
Cactus Leaves are available year-round with a peak in the mid-spring and the best season from early spring through late fall.
Available from California from February through November.
Cactus Leaf Nutritional Information
Cactus Leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C.