If you are in Mexico, chances are that you will find cacti in your dish. As surreal as it may seem, Cacti have been an element of Mesoamerican cuisine since pre-Columbian times. Nopales and tunas, also known as “prickly pear cactus” and “prickly pear fruit” in the US, can be easily found today as an ingredient in sweet and savory dishes and drinks ranging from tacos to sherbet. The jiotillas or xoconostles in the picture, for example, can be turned into a smoothie or a refreshing drink.
Find a delicious recipe for a salsa made with this fascinating and healthy ingredient, here.