Opuntia Cactus recipe

Prickly Pear Grown for Food

Prickly pear or more popularly known as Opuntia Cactus was probably introduced in the Philippines during the ManilaAcapulco galleon trade by the late 16th century to 19th century  from Mexico .

Local people  quickly learned  that prickly pear pads can be eaten and are used in various local dishes like tinolang cactus , cactus patty , nopales are added to eggs, or as a vegetable in soups, chilies or a filling in a tortilla and even as salsa base food for tortillas .

In the country of origin, Opuntia cactus is also made into jams, candies and medicine

Tortilla chips

Here are the basic ingredients : Salsa

1 to 2 pads of Opuntia cactus

1 to 2 small to medium sized sibuyas de bumbay / onion

1/4 cup cheese whiz

1 to 2 pieces of kesong puti –   sliced or cubed

2 to 4 pieces of small or medium sized tomatoes ( sliced ) / with seeds removed

1 to 2 tablespoon of  salt

1 to 2 teaspoon of pepper

grated cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon vinegar

2 to 3 tablespoon of olive oil ( optional)

1 pack of commercial tortilla chips

How to prepare the opuntia cactus pads

select 1 to 2 pad of Opuntia cactus, then cut the pads. After cutting the pads, you may blanched the pad into a boiling water , then remove the outer skin and use a large knife to sever the stem. Beware, there are large and fine thorns so be sure to keep your hands protected. To prepare the pads remove the thorns and the “eyes” with a vegetable peeler or a small paring knife or this new gadget designed just for spine removal. Wash the pads well with cool water and peel or trim off any blemished or discolored areas. Slice the pads in long slices or in pieces or leave whole depending on the dish you will prepare.

Another type of preparation is to rotating the fruit/pads  in the flame of a campfire or torch has been used to remove the glochids  to partially charred the opuntia cactus pads. This type of preparation is like barbecue style .

Nopales is a vegetable that can be eaten grilled or boiled. Over cooking may give them a slightly “slimy” texture you may want to avoid.

The best preparation we have tried is to prepare the nopal leaves (remove spines) then grill over hot coals till tender and slightly browned. Then slice into nopalitos strips and toss with a squeeze of lime and a little bit of olive oil. They are delicious.

Additonal notes:

The fruit  of prickly pears, commonly called  cactus figs , Indian figs or tuna is edible, although it has to be peeled carefully to remove the small spines on the outer skin before consumption. If the outer layer is not properly removed, glochids   can be ingested causing discomfort of the throat, lips, and tongue as the small spines are easily lodged in the skin.

Author’s note:

The author together with Mr. Botchie Canicula was featured in Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho episode aired last January 10 ,2009 saturday

Coimbatore Coin Exhibition 2010

poster of the show

Coimbatore Coin Society has informed that Coimbatore Coin Exhibition 2010

Venue– Shree Coimbatore Gujarati Samaj , 500 ,Mettupalayam ,Coimbatore 02.

Date : May 1 to 3, 2010  Coimbatore, India

Auctions by “Oswal Antiques” on 02 May 2010  from 6.00 P M onwards.

Dealers stalls – Rs 4000 for Three Days , last Date  for Stalls Booking – 25 Apr 2010

Host City : The city of Coimbatore is the second largest city in the South Indian  of Tamil Nadu  next only to Chennai. It is the administrative headquarters of the Coimbatore district  and a major textile and engineering  hub of Southern India . It forms a part of the ancient  Kongu Nadu  region of South India, where its people were the first to establish territorial state. Coimbatore city including its suburban areas has a population of 2.4 million people.

Lopez Museum lecture

The Lopez Memorial Museum would like to invite you to What is in an Amorsolo?:

APreliminary Technical Analysis Of  His Works by Ricky Francisco

on March 27, Saturday, 2-4 pm. The talk will focus on the process and the findings.

Mr Francisco undertook this using data on the styles of the se artists found in

Philippine art history books and o the r materials, and detailed visual examination

of the works using the naked eye and equipment such as stereomicroscope, macrophotography

and digital image manipulation, of the visible properties of the ir works.

For more details, please call 6312417 or email admin@lopez- museum.org

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