Nopal

Nopal

Nopal is a common name in Mexican Spanish for the plant, and the pads themselves, of the Opuntia cacti, in the subfamily Opuntioideae. There are approximately one hundred and fourteen known species endemic to Mexico, where the plant is a common ingredient in numerous Mexican cuisine dishes. The nopal pads can be eaten raw or cooked, used in marmalades, soups stews and salads, as well as being used for traditional medicine or as fodder for animals. Farmed nopales are most often of the species Opuntia ficus-indica, although the pads of almost all Opuntia species are edible. The other part of the nopal cactus that is edible is the fruit called in Spanish the tuna, and in English the ... more on Wikipedia

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