Nopal is an fruiting cactus plant cultivated for it’s edible pads. The cactus pads are a common ingredient in numeous Mexican dishes. They are used like a veggie and have a flavor similar to asparagus and green beans.
Nopal is a common name in Spanish for Opuntia cacti, as well as for its pads. There are approximately one hundred and fourteen known species native to the semi-arid areas of the Americas. It’s grown abundantly in Mexico, as well as the Mediterranean and other semi-arid to sub-topical regions.
Looking for an attractive, useful and edible plant to line your property with? Look no further because Nopal Cacti make a beautiful hedge! It can tolerate a wide range of soil types, temperature and moisture levels, however it grows best in sunny, dry, desert-like conditions. On average, Nopal cactus plants will grow to be about 7 ft tall to 7 ft wide. The edible pads range on average from 4 to 10 inches and fruit can grow to be about the size of a fist.
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