Cactus is a familiar plant for many people, it is a representative plant of the desert and is also a popular ornamental plant in the world. But in addition to iconic images or home decoration, cacti can also be used to make food, even nutritious foods such as baking, cooking soup, making juice.
In the world, Mexico is known as a country with many dishes from cactus. In Vietnam, some central provinces such as Phu Yen or Quang Nam also have unique dishes such as cactus. However, not all types of cactus can be cooked. In the world, the most popular edible cactus are prickly pear cactus and nopal cactus (also known as rabbit ear cactus) and prickly pear cactus.
For now, let’s explore some cactus dishes!
1. Grilled Cactus
The cactus used for baking is the rabbit ear cactus (nopal), after cutting the cactus, the maker will use a knife to remove all the thorns, remove the frill, then soak in salt water, wash and bake. In addition to grilling, Mexicans can also fry cactus. This is Mexico’s most popular cactus dish.
2. Cactus Salad
Cactus salad is a very interesting dish because it combines chewy, crunchy cactus with vegetables, especially this dish has a very high nutritional content. The cactus that wants to be processed into a salad must be preliminarily processed to remove the bitterness as well as toxins, retaining the unique flavor of this plant. To make salad, in addition to preliminarily removing frills and thorns, cacti will be chopped or chopped instead of being left as with grilled dishes. This is also a popular Mexican dish.
3. Stir-Fried Cactus
People in the Central region consider cactus as a vegetable, so cacti in this land are brought to cook soup, stir-fry, boil, … all. One of the most favorite dishes of tourists when coming to Quang Nam is cactus fried with garlic. After being preliminarily processed and drained, the cactus is fried with garlic like regular vegetables.
4. Cactus sour soup
The cactus itself, after being preliminarily processed, has a cool and pleasant sour taste, so people in the central coastal region have created a sour soup of cactus. Cactus sour soup is often cooked with fish, the most popular being snakehead fish. To cook soup, people choose young cactus, prepare and boil until all the oil is removed, then cook. When eating cactus, it still has a characteristic crunch.
5. Cactus Juice
Fruit juice is all too familiar to us, but have you heard of cactus juice? Cactus juice is the juice from the prickly pear cactus, which is mainly the prickly pear cactus fruit. This is said to be a juice that carries many nutrients as well as many health benefits.