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The nopal is rich in Vitamin B6, copper, iron, fiber, riboflavin, Vitamin A, C, K, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and calcium. The nopal is known to aid in digestion and weight loss. It can help prevent skin, lung, and oral cancer. It is effective in maintaining blood sugar levels. It is also beneficial in building and maintaining strong bones.

In the Kitchen

The nopal can be cooked and used in salsas, salads, or omelets. They can be a great nutritional addition to any recipe. Before using them in your recipes they should be peeled and prepared properly. Here is a short video that explains the process:

How to Prepare nopales


This is a great “salad” that can be used as a salsa on tacos, meat, chicken, fish, shrimp, eggs, quesadillas, or enchiladas. In this recipe, she boils the nopal first and skims the slime off as it is released from the nopal. Pictures are included in this recipe:

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