For over 50,000 years the Nopal Verde cactus has been consumed for its medicinal properties and its nutritional benefits. All warriors eat this. Nopal Opuntia ficusindica species is considered a vegetable. Nopal cactus is also called opuntia, nopalli, prickly pear, cactus pear fruit, nopol, tuna cardona or “tuna”, and westwood-pea. You can find it all throughout our country and many regions of the world. I’ts tender paddles whose taste can be compared to a French bean, an asparagus or a cucumber. If you’re ever stuck in the dessert without food and water, think again.
With its primordial appearance and afflictive attributes the Aztecs compared the prickly pear or “tunas” of an intense red hue to the bloody hearts of warriors and that the divine properties were attached to it. The warriors convinced that eating tunas gave unwavering courage and resolution. Keep also in mind a super antioxidant buzz.
First blend the prickly pears in vitamix and strain with strainer or nut bag to get 1 cup of prickly pear. The fruit is much like a pomegranate with its dietary potentials; however the seeds are hard as rocks so they will leave hard granules in the juice and must be strained. You may micronize them but you will have the juice to a soup by the time they finish blending. Just strain it. Trust me. You will benefit Vitamins A and C, high amounts of calcium and magnesium, B complex, potassium, iron and plenty of fiber. Eating nopal provides 17 amino acids and eight of which are essential for the human body’s constitution.
For diabetic and insulin sensitive dieters add 1 tsp of (DGL) Licorice Root. Perhaps juicing one bitter melon and adding that to the mix. 1 large bitter melon will give you 1 ½ oz of bitter melon juice.
Being a life coach and a holistic consultant I have many accounts of emails with “questions to photo” and picture text messages in the late hours asking identification followed by demands for some kind of solution. I bless every one of you. All I can is expend my knowledge and help my fellow brother and sister. It is your decision and I thank you for listening, listening to yourself, the professionals in your life and the knowledge you seek. Serve the highest good. Remember these are highly uncomfortable situations that individuals are experiencing constantly and most people are not knowledgeable enough of their own body. Think diet in preventative maintenance and optimal functioning, two words for you,
“PRO-BIOTICS” and “ENZYMES”. Get to know them. I suggest Google. search engine. Other than that, please hydrate. Drink 1 gallon of structured water or more a day. These few steps will revolutionize your life. If you are local to the southern California area, I suggest starting with the abundant Nepal cactus and prickly pear.
Nopal considered “fruit of the earth.” Given this name is meaningful since this plant only needs its seed to be buried in the earth in order to grow. You can see how well and abundant it grows to our local region of southern California and Mexico. It can withstand the most inhospitable conditions; it grows in desert and extremely cold regions.
2 large nopal pads
½ large onion, sliced
2 fresh Roma tomatoes, cubed
1 TBSP fresh chopped cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, deveind and chopped (optional for hotness)
1 avocado, cubed
juice of one lime
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Himalayan pink salt
1. Clean nopales with a peeler or a small paring knife. Make sure to remove all the thorns and nods paying special attention to the edges of the pads.
2. Cut in bite size pieces and place into a zip-lock bag or container to marinate with onion for 4hours or until tender. The best is overnight. Add apple cider and lime juice and add salt to taste. Drain. (you can keep juices to make salad dressing)
3. Mix with the rest of the ingredients in a salad bowl and refrigerate until cool.