nopal cactus

meowbat
By meowbat Latest Reply 2013-05-26 10:18:00 -0500
Started 2011-12-06 10:20:12 -0600

I've decided to investigate the wonders of the nopal cactus. It is supposed to do great things for diabetes, joint pain, stomach problems, vitamin needs and a general health suppliment. I have found many websites that want to $ell it to me. I would really rather grow my own. Need any and all comments, suggestions, recipes. THANK YOU


58 replies

jimLE
jimLE 2013-05-04 10:12:51 -0500 Report

i've got one pad planted n growing.only thing is,,im gonna have ta wait on it to start produceing the fruit..and from what i hear that can take as long as 4 to 5 years if not longer…

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-05-05 14:19:01 -0500 Report

That would be for the fruit, but what we are talking about eating are the actual pads. How long will it be before you can harvest any of those?

jimLE
jimLE 2013-05-05 15:36:19 -0500 Report

oh yeah..im a member of another web site.and i asked one guy there about the cactus.in one topic.so its just a matter of waiting on his reply.on acount i want at least 2 or 3 of them.and i might have to traval to get get um

jimLE
jimLE 2013-05-05 15:00:36 -0500 Report

well that depends on when it starts produceing new pads.and i dont know when that'll be..which means we just have to wait and see..hopefull that'll be this summer.and i have my fingers crossed for that..

jimLE
jimLE 2013-05-26 10:18:00 -0500 Report

the 1 pad that took root and survied is doing great.it put out 2 new pads and is looking great..i dont remember where i read it..and if i remember right,it takes up to 2-3 years before i can start cutting pads for salads.and as for the fruit goes.i think that i have to wait up to 5 years if that long on it

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-07-07 10:41:27 -0500 Report

I finally got some cactus!! We have a new grocery store that sells them and they are not too bad. I got mine in brine. But they sell them fresh as well. I was not that brave yet. But in a salad or a salsa, they will be great.

jimLE
jimLE 2013-05-05 14:52:21 -0500 Report

i got 4 pads at a wal mart.in which i planted 2 of them.one survived.they are great in sallads slasas.and i hear that they can be fryed as well

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-05-05 14:54:34 -0500 Report

I need to get some and try to add them to my salsa. I am growing tomatoes, peppers and onions now...just add a few of those and I might have something great.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-20 05:28:47 -0500 Report

Check out this video from the "Health Ranger" Mike Adams about juicing the Nopal cactus fruits here ~ http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=6952BD89F1F...

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-03-21 08:53:03 -0500 Report

I didn't know the fruit was good for us as well as the pads. I just have to find some wild here. I am not sure they grow here. Plus a less fancy juicer. That thing was a monster.

jimLE
jimLE 2013-05-05 14:56:21 -0500 Report

we have a nija proffesnal juicer.the blades go from the floor of it up to the lid.kinda shaped like a xmas tree.its great at juiceing the cactuse.but oranges lemons and other fruits.pluse its great fro turnung grham crackers into crumbs for pie crust as well..and the juicer aint all that big…i dont recall where my mom bought it.but i saw same one at sams club..

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-21 12:13:31 -0500 Report

I doubt they'd be abundant in FL, but where I am Las Vegas NV they are all over the place and even grow wild in the desert.

Yes that press was a real piece of work! But with a little tinkering I think I could come up with something which could do about the same job but wouldn't be as shiny. LoL!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-03-24 17:57:58 -0500 Report

a "bottle jack" and a stirrup against which to press might be just the ticket to do something like that. Perhaps Jim Edwards could come up with something like that in his workshop.

meowbat
meowbat 2012-05-12 13:26:36 -0500 Report

Hi, I am finally back!! need to catch up!!! Please hang a note my way!!! GRINS&HAPPYS——-MEOWBAT

meowbat
meowbat 2012-05-13 12:34:14 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby!! Oh nothing that couldn't have been cured with a new computer. LOL!! But, after MONTHS of tinkering. a lot of nasty-grams to web sites, and several new structural and security programs,(provided for free by those same websites), I finally got DC back 3 days ago!!!! It still runs slow 'cause it's old, but it still runs. A lot has happened in the mean time. Any way, I'm back , and we survived!!!!!!! Glad to be back!!!!!!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-05-15 13:01:05 -0500 Report

Very good then. You and I can start the old computer club then! It is a love hate relationship...a lot like diabetes. Hmmmmm

meowbat
meowbat 2012-05-16 01:01:37 -0500 Report

LOLOLOLOL!!!!! It's an old IBM rescued from the IRS. I think it is suffering from an identity crisis. All the new systems and determined viruses has it feeling inadequate. We just gave it a massive defragging so maybe it will have a new lease on life, kind of like digital garitol. We just got OK'd for our new apartment today so my time on line might be sketchy for the next three weeks. We have a lot to do to get moved. "til next time——GRINNS&HAPPYS———MEOWBAT-KAT

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-15 11:57:54 -0600 Report

It can be added to salads, stews, soups, and salsas or stuffed and grilled. thats what I've found so far.

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-15 11:54:48 -0600 Report

the bitterness is removed by boiling it is also softened at the same time. the boil time is rather critical. not long enough, its still bitter. too long, shoes

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-12-15 13:08:28 -0600 Report

LOL! I didn't know they could get that tough. I soak my eggplant in warm salt water to get out that bitterness. Do you think that would work for the cactus? Then you would not have those issues, maybe.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-12-14 17:17:40 -0600 Report

Here is the site that I use for the cactus. They sell it and the "tools" you need to safely prepare it. http://www.rivenrock.com/

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2011-12-14 17:50:18 -0600 Report

Interesting site. Just signed up for the newsletter. How do you use the cactus?

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-12-14 18:05:28 -0600 Report

I have not been brave enough to try it yet. I think they have some recipes there. Many saute it or toss it with a salad. It has a bitter taste, so you have to do something to help overcome that. But it is supposed to be very good for our glucose levels.

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-16 10:16:58 -0600 Report

so far I've found 7 recipes. As soon as my feet get down enough from the swelling, I'll put them up here. can't sit at the machine for very long

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2011-12-14 18:23:55 -0600 Report

Yes, I've heard it's good for BG also. I've eaten it as prepared by a native Mexican cook and it was very good. Not bitter, but I don't know how she prepared it. She's now in Germany and I don't have an address to check it out. There was a good sounding Cactus Salsa recipe in their recipe listings. I was really wondering it you had tried it and, if so, how you had cooked it.

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-12 02:15:13 -0600 Report

crazeknot, I think the email server is down for DC. Maybe we should try again later on in the week. "til then GRINS&HAPPYS—— Meowbat——Kat

crazeknot
crazeknot 2011-12-14 13:33:30 -0600 Report

James, is sure a nice person- kat. I've aaccepted him as a friend. Have to run.

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-16 10:20:21 -0600 Report

I'm so glad! He makes the reading so worthwhile. I count his comments as i'm sure most everybody else does too

crazeknot
crazeknot 2011-12-16 20:34:30 -0600 Report

When using fresh cactus, U need to buy the smaller ones.Only about3-5", the smaller the less tougher & bitter they are. If Gabby & Kat like ? I'll send you a jar? All U do is saute,them in 2 T. butter,1/4 C. onion,1-2 cloves garlic & 2 T. cilantro w/ some tomatoes. I use a fresh tomatoes. I put them on tacos & tostadas . have use the leftover 4 a rice-chicken salad.I'm a part time party planner. I've a client who has brunches, luncheons & dinner parties. She retired, but sell 4 Princess House, TUBER WARE & aVON. She does very well 4 being retired. Please let me know it U want a jar? Will send it to U. Linda

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-28 19:30:23 -0600 Report

Hi! Crazenot & Gabby, My computer was blocking everything due to a cleanup monitor system my hubby put in it! Took us a while to trace the problem down it thought DC was a viral site and wouldn't let me move in it. Fixed that, It's gone. I would love a bottle, Crazenot, but I don't want you to spend your money!!!!! Thank You God it's good to be back on this site!!!! GRINS&HAPPYS——KAT——MEOWBAT

crazeknot
crazeknot 2012-01-07 16:08:00 -0600 Report

I just sent a jar too Gabby in Fl. She should get it sometime today. Will let U know if she got them.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-01-07 20:51:29 -0600 Report

I hate to say this, but my package did arrive today, but it was in a plastic package, as it had broken in route. =0(

crazeknot
crazeknot 2011-12-14 13:29:20 -0600 Report

U r welcome, sorry that the computer was down. I hope we can get together & talk,for now then have a "Merry Christmas " Linda

crazeknot
crazeknot 2011-12-09 05:39:07 -0600 Report

Hi, my name is Linda, I'm going to give U a couple of sites. If U search for cactus, U can go to cactus.com. It's a site only on cactus & U can read up on any kind of cactus. I've also found a couple of recipe on cactus cooking. Better recipes.com has 1 recipe & Recipe.com has 3 recipes. I hope this will help U out. There's a jar w/ noplito it's called Dona Maria it's a product from Mex. I also have my own recipe Let me know if U want it and I'll post it.

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-10 02:52:22 -0600 Report

This is to Crazeknot, I am open and thankful for any and all info and recipes you would like to throw my way!!!! I am doing as much research as I time I can afford sitting in front of this machine. I am currently having great difficulty dealing with an extreme swelling situation and have to lay down a lot. I live in the SW US so these cacti are easy for me to acquire. I also have found various sites that tend to have 1 or 2 recipes. I;ve found about 8 so far and will be able to buy the cacti soon. I would love to trade info with you!!! Please post or email me which ever is easier for you. Thank You!!! GRINS&HAPPYS—-MEOWBAT

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-12-07 21:56:53 -0600 Report

It is a staple food for many in the south west and Mexico. It is usually cooked in dishes and takes some special preparations. Like many natural remedies, it is better to be eaten whole instead of in a pill or refined state. There is a member here who used it a lot, but I have not seen her for a long time. I wanted to try it, but have not been brave enough to do so. I hear it is an acquired taste.

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-07 20:12:54 -0600 Report

I never heard of this before! Is it something you can get in pill form? Going to have to check this out. Have you taken it before?

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-10 03:06:54 -0600 Report

Yes, you can get it in pill form, but like any supplement that is considered an "exotic", it's expensive. And taking it in the pill form looses a lot in the translation. The concentrated juice is also available but VERY pricey. And there's also Prickly Pear Jelly, it's been around forever.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-07 20:17:21 -0600 Report

when I was researching to find the eHow articles I also came across a lot of sites selling various concotions — including pills — of the nopal cactus. If I remember correctly eHow had a link to a how-to article about what to look for in those suppliments.

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-07 20:30:50 -0600 Report

Cool Beans Daddy-O!!! Thanks!! ;)

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-11 09:58:06 -0600 Report

I know, right!! It pops out now and again! I feel retro when I say it!! HAHAHA
I also say groovy alot and I get teased at work when I do! It's funny though!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-06 19:39:44 -0600 Report

Growing your own might be really interesting, Kathleen.

Maybe you've seen this, but should you want to grow them (I take it for granted you're in an area with a suitable climate for their cultivation) This eHow article tells how to harvest them ~ http://www.ehow.com/how_7340765_prepare-nopal... ~ (in fact eHow has links to various articles from planting the nopal cactus to harvesting and cooking them. There are even recipes for it there)

I had heard many good things about nopal cactus. And one of my regular clients when I was a CNA had several in their yard ( as ornamental plants). I thought at that time what was consumed was the "pads" and I took one. Let me tell you those little needles were very sharp and I got some of those needles in my fingers. They were so tiny that I couldn't see them sticking in my finger, but I could sure feel them. I think one was with me for 6 mos. or so.

So if you choose to try to cultivate them it would be good if you got some heavy leather welder's gloves to handle the fruit, so you don't end up with a bunch of needles in your fingers.

Please keep us updated on how things are going in that enterprize!

Praying you have good success in your endeavors

James

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-07 06:02:45 -0600 Report

Thank You kind Sir!!!! Got the gloves and know how to strip the nasties away, just need to get as much info as possible. I don't go into anything blind if I can help it. I will check out that site for sure. Thanks

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-12-06 12:27:52 -0600 Report

If you check our recipe page on your left and type in nopal cactus, there is a recipe there. It's only one but, it will get you started.

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-07 06:07:40 -0600 Report

Been there & done that. but thank you so much for taking an interest. I will try to keep you all informed. But please have patience. when I start something I usually get quite entrenched in the process.