Aloe Vera, Fresh Mexico

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Available year-round.

Aloe vera is part of the succulent family, a type of plant with shallow and intricate root systems that allow for quick water absorption. There are two parts to an aloe vera leaf: Gel and leaf juice. The gel is the innermost par to the leaf. Aloe juice, seeps from the leaf when cut. It’s yellow in color and has a bitter taste.

Nopale, Cactus Pads-

Nopal, Cactus Pad

Available year-round.

Nopal cactus, also well known as prickly pear cactus, has been a staple part of Mexican cuisine. The green pads of the nopal cactus are cooked and added to tacos, egg dishes, and Mexican salads. Nopal cactus is considered a super-food, due to its antioxidant and cholesterol-reducing properties. The fruit of the prickly pear is rich.  It can be served grilled or sauteed with onions as a garnish for fajitas, or eaten raw in salads.

Pear, Prickly Cactus

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Available year-round.

Most prickly pears are edible. Often adorned with the red/purple fruits atop the pear. Prickly pear branches (the pads) are also cooked and eaten as a vegetable. Both fruits and pads of the prickly pear cactus  tastes like a cross between bubble gum and watermelon. Prickly pear juice is often used to make jam or candy, but works well in cocktails and used in vinaigrette for salads as well.

For information about seasonality and availability, please inquire with your VegiWorks’ Sales Representative for more details.

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