Yesterday we had blast; my little one enjoyed his birthday. My daughter was on belief that it was her birthday; she was there for cutting cake. She got few gifts also, still she want his toys. He really enjoyed his party till late in night, and he started crying only as he was tired and wanted to go to bed. Next we are looking forward to another birthday day in May, that one for my princess birthday.
When I used to live in Kerala, India, I have seen Cactus/ kalli chedi/kallimullu chedi being used for protecting the fence between two houses. I haven’t seen anybody eating it, but in Ayurveda it is considered to have medicinal properties, especially to fight against dosha called pita (fire & water – "bile). If you don’t know Ayurveda, it is one of the oldest traditional medicinal systems practiced and is still practiced in India, especially in Kerala, which is the land of Ayurveda. Just like Amazonian medicinal system, it uses natural plants, herbs and roots. However it is not strictly controlled like modern medicine, so it has its own drawbacks too.
Whenever, I visit Fiesta, grocery store, I have seen cactus whole leaves kept for selling. People usually buy them. I always think what they are going to do with it. Then I saw this recipe for Nopales, that is what they call edible cactus in Spanish, on my friend Mely’s blog. I came to know they are staples in Mexican cuisine, nopal leaves is used fresh, boiled, grilled, or with eggs as Huevos con Nopales (Eggs and prickly pear), or as salad Ensalada de Nopales (Prickly pear salad) etc.If you want to see the picture of Nopals cactus click here
I was curious to buy them, but still was afraid of their thorns and hence would not buy them. But one day I didn’t go with my hubby to grocery shopping, and on that day, they are making a juice with cactus plants, he took picture of ingredients (with his iphone) that were kept on a table to show what else is needed to make the juice. He tried a sample of the juice and liked the taste, and without asking me bought a packet of cleaned cactus leaves and come home with a wide smile. He told me that he had found out that cactus can be combined with cucumber, celery, pineapple and orange to make a tasty and healthy juice.
I found that cactus leaves has lot of health benefits too, it reduce high blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, also rich in vitamins like vitamins A and C and trace amounts of foliate and vitamin K. Minerals include calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorous etc. Read more here . The anti-inflammatory effects of cactus fruit juice were shown to reduce the symptoms of alcohol hangover according to a study published in the journal Alcohol (May 2012).
Juice they had made at Fiesta has celery, cucumber, cactus, and pineapple. However he didn’t buy celery along with cactus so I made a juice with whatever in my hand. To my surprise it turned out be delicious.
Grab the following ingredients.
In a blender, mix in peeled seeded cucumber, orange juice, and chopped pineapple and chopped cleaned cactus plant, strain it and added 1 tablespoon of sugar so that my princess can enjoy the juice. Instead of sugar try splenda to make it diabetic version . I will make this at any time from now onwards.
I have another idea of making some curries with cactus leaves; I will wait and see how it turns out.
If you can find fresh cactus, you too can enjoy this delicious juice now.
Cactus pineapple orange Juice/ Agua de Nopal, Piña con naranja : A diabetic Friendly Juice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
1 cup chopped fresh cactus leaves/Nopales
2 cup Chopped pineapple
1 cup Water
1 tablespoon sugar/ splenda( optional)
Peel the skin of cucumber and deseed and chop it into big pieces.
Add all ingredients into a blender along with water. Blend it well for about 5 minutes or until you get a thick juice.
- Enjoy with or without sugar
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