Fresh Spineless Prickly Pear (Opuntia) Cactus Pads 3 lb
Tortoises of all ages can eat the pads without further preparation ( Fresh Spineless Prickly Pear (Opuntia) Cactus Pads 3 lb ) The glochids do not have to be removed. The tips of smaller pads are tender enough for hatchlings. Young pads are a good source of nutrients. You will notice that throughout the growing season new pads are produced at greatly different rates.
Fresh Cactus ( Nopales ) Paddles are very nutritious and have a lot of fiber. It is a versatile, low-fat, fiber-rich ingredient for different recipes. It contains high levels of vitamin C, natural antioxidants and many vitamins and minerals. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and boosts the immune system. They can be sautéed and used in many dishes, including tacos, scrambled eggs, or as a side dish with tomatoes and onions.
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Turtles, tortoise, iguana, and other pets LOVE this superfood. It is high in calcium and fiber. It can be kept several weeks in the refrigerator once sliced. The pads can also be placed in dirt to keep fresh until ready to slice. You get a houseplant and pet food!
Prickly Pear (Opuntia cochenillifera) is a beautiful and hardy cactus. Outdoor hardy from zones 4 -10. It will produce an edible reddish pink fruit, even the pads are edible if they are peeled.
The pads (tuna) and fruit (nopal) are edible and there are many different preparation options. These pads can be eaten or rooted and planted. These do not have spines but rather the new growth has fine hairs. Prickly Pear Cactus is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow – great for beginner gardeners!