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May 24, 2007



Thank you for this! I see cactus paddles all the time in the Latino grocery but I've never taken the time to figure out what to do with them--too transfixed by the array of chiles, I guess.

(Guess where I'm off to!)


Thank you! This is exactly what I wanted to know. I'm not sure if my hands will be as butch as yours but they will by the time I'm done cleaning nopals. You are such a hunk.

Steven Sando

NvG, a lot of times the paddles are already cleaned, I'd just avoid the pre-cut ones. And speaking of chiles, Patricia Quintana makes a cactus in chile sauce taco that's great.

Elayne, no it's not likely your hands will look as butch as mine but you can keep trying! Dare to struggle, dare to win! But really, report back.

And don't forget grilling! Rub a little olive oil and grill until brown, flip and repeat. I like this way best.


I've always wondered if all cacti are edible or only certain ones. If only certain ones, which?

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