Nopal is the Spanish word for the edible leaf of the cactus plant. The nopales that come in the Abundant Harvest Organics produce boxes do grow in the field with spines which are scraped off with a knife when harvested.
Nopales are a good-with eggs, great-on-the-grill green veggie. You can serve them in dishes as a replacement for green beans or bell peppers.
Toss with a salad of tomato, onion, green pepper, and queso fresco.
Boil ahead and fry in a little oil with eggs for breakfast. Toss on the grill whole at your next barbecue.
Chop into strips or cubes and boil, then serve as a side dish, or as a bed for your main dish.
Store your nopales in a plastic bag or the crisper drawer of your fridge, they should last a week.
The flesh has a somewhat gooey substance that will be released as it cooks. To get rid of this gel when cooking in boiling water, after about five minutes, pour the water off and rinse the veggies in a colander. Return them to a separate pot of boiling water. Boiled nopales are a good base that can be incorporated into other dishes.