Tuesday, May 24, 2011

DAY 233 - Smart Food for Humans on a Coastal Desert

I didn’t grow up eating prickly pear cactus, but now I love it, grow it, eat the nopales (leaves) and tunas (fruit), and give away potted starts to encourage others to do the same.

We all know that we need to be eating more vegetables; enter the nopal.

Living on a coastal desert in Southern California, it would be great to grow food with minimal water requirement; asi crece (so grows) el nopal.

Locally grown food is a must if we are to heal our environment and ourselves. Your yard is local.

Make my day; someone in Ojai or Ventura, accept my gift of this beautiful nopal. Plant it in your yard, and make this local food a part of your life.


  1. I've eaten nopal and found it to be delicious, but I don't know how to prepare it - any tips for a beginner, Kris?

  2. Hello, pace veloce! My only claim is that I like nopales in the ways that I prepare them. It would be fun for me to do a one-hour, free class in Ojai, CA.

    For those who don't live nearby, I will try to make time to write up some "tips".

  3. Mine is about 4 feet high now, and it seems to want a larger space. I would LOVE to learn how to prepare it.