Wash the cactus pads with cool water, and peel or trim off any blemished or discolored areas. Slice them into long strips or dice into cubes and cook with other foods. Caution: overcooking cactus pads will take on a slimy taste and texture. Whole cactus pads can be grilled or roasted until tender and slightly browned. Most traditional recipes use cactus pads as a ingredient in soups, salads, and stews.
Varieties of Cactus Pads at the market
- Nopalitos cactus