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Sliced Cactus Leaves (Nopales)

$9.99

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Quantity/Pack: 2 packages (12.5 Ounces each)
Seasonality: Year Round
Origin: Mexico

Melissa’s Sliced Cactus Leaves, or nopalitos, come from the large Mexican cactus nopal. They have a flavor similar to green beans and okra, with hints of green bell pepper and citrus. Cactus leaves are a staple vegetable in Mexican cuisine (as well as many other countries), enjoyed from breakfast through dinner, atop eggs, as the base for a salad, in soup and as a simple side.

In their just picked form, cactus leaves have sharp spines that must first be trimmed before consuming. Melissa’s Sliced Cactus Leaves are pre-trimmed, cleaned, sliced and ready to use! Simply rinse under cool water before preparing.

Sliced Cactus Leaves can be served raw or cooked. For a simple salad or side, combine Sliced Cactus Leaves with chopped cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, chili pepper, lime juice and olive oil.

To cook Sliced Cactus Leaves, place strips in a medium-sized boiling water pot. Add half a sliced onion, 1 clove of garlic and ½ teaspoon salt. Boil uncovered for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Note: the cactus will exude a sticky, foamy substance. Once cooked, drain and rinse the cactus and pat dry with a paper towel. Add to scrambled eggs, stews and sautés.

Cactus leaves are also delicious grilled and served with cheese, blended into smoothies or pureed into soup.

This succulent vegetable has 15 calories per serving and contains important minerals, including calcium, magnesium and manganese.


Store in the vegetable crisper drawer and use within 2 days of opening.

This item is perishable and must ship Overnight.

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