Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fresh Cactus Leaves

I was surprised when I first came here and found out that cactus leaves can be eaten. In my place in Philippines, I didn't see much cacti around and if there was, it can't be eaten. I haven't heard that it can be eaten until one day at the office, when our transaction coordinator brought some cooked cactus leaves with meat and it tasted good. It was then that I realized why there are cactus leaves sold in stores. For those who do not know yet, these fresh cactus leaves are great with salads, burritos, scrambled eggs or with refried beans. It is included in Latino dishes. Below is the preparation before the fresh cactus leaves are used in cooking.
1. Using a knife or vegetable peeler, peel around the edge of fresh cactus leaves. There's no need to remove all the skin. Scrape off any spines and dark areas.
2. Finely chop cactus leaves.
3. Serve or store cactus in refrigerator for up to 3 days in a covered plastic or glass container.


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Anonymous said...

have you tasted it yourself? pa-describe naman.nakakacurious.

Felicity said...

it is just like zucchini or sayote... not bad