Nopal (Prickly Pear) Cactus Facts

The nopal is known for high antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral content.

The nopal cactus, native to Mexico, is commonly known in English as the prickly pear cactus (español: nopal ).

Nopales are the pads of the nopal cactus. Sauteed nopales can be added to many dishes, such as salads, quesadillas or scrambled eggs. The sweet and colorful prickly pears, called tunas in Spanish, are delicious just as they are. Just peel and eat. The prickly pear fruit contains the flavonoids kaempferol and quercetin, which are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Recipe: Sauteed Nopales

1 cup raw nopal
calcium 141 mg
calories 13.8
carbohydrates 2.86 g
fat 0.8 g
fiber 1.89 g
protein 1.14 g
sugar 0.99 g
vitamin A 198 mcg
vitamin C 8 mg
vitamin K 4.56 mcg
SOURCE: Medical News Today