Cactus Leaf (Nopal)

  • PLU #4558
Pack size
  • 32lb
  • Cactus Leaves are available year-round with a peak in the mid-spring and the best season from early spring through late fall. Also called Edible Cactus and nopales, cactus leaves will have even and somewhat thick leaves. It has a soft but crunchy texture that also becomes a bit sticky when cooked. Tastes similar to a slightly tart green bean, asparagus, or green pepper. Contains beta carotene, iron, some B vitamins, and is a good source of both vitamin C and calcium. Coloring will be an even medium to dark green. Very small paddles may require more cleaning because their larger proportion of prickers and eyes.
  • Sliced or chopped for salads or cooked like green beans.
  • Mexico, North Africa.
Country of origin
  • Mexico
  • USA
Quality specifications
  • Color – Light Green
  • Cleanliness – Must be clean (no dirt, spotting, dust, or any other foreign material).
  • Other – Can have no scarring, cracks, splits, or breaks, or mechanical damage.
  • Defects – Softness, black spots
  • Always handle item from stem to avoid painful pricking.
Display and storage
  • Storage- 35-45 degrees
  • Display- Room temperature
  • Shelf life- 5-7 days