Some of you might remember how I have noticed that whatever a person needs can be found in the ground where they live. It just works that way. Well, this week I have decided to take the plunge into an experience that has been waiting for me and available in the physical for me for at least 6 years. The prickly pear aka Nopal
Where to begin,
such a wonderful plant,
similar to aloe, with amazing medicinal and nutrient- rich properties.
Prickly pear cactus is a plant. It grows abundantly in parts of Central America that I know of and I imagine other parts of the world, of which I know nothing yet.
Prickly pear is healthy. It grows in the garden, is easy to prepare and it known to hydrate, be overall cooling and light like aloe, and as such can be used to support lower Pitta and Kapha type symptoms and issues such as diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, alcohol hangover, colitis, diarrhea. It is also known to be used to fight viral infections.
It can be eaten raw or cooked being mindful of the preparation considerations to remove the little thorns on the outside. More on that here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/prickly-pear/harvesting-edible-cactus-pads.htm. check this rice dishes, omelettes, and as I discovered... even smoothies :) We discovered how to do it just by trial and error and listening to our intuition and neighbours here in Nicaragua and then while prepping to cook decided to cross reference which led to adding raw into our smoothie of the day:
Smoothie of the day:
-almond milk/ water/ (milk for my son.. he loves chocolate-banana smoothies and milk gets the best pass)
-1 pad of prickly pear
-pinch of fresh ginger
too easy, and sooooo very yummy!!! I'm so excited to be able to eat from the garden. I feel so energized, thus how I know its the path! another time I'm sure I'll add mint from the garden and possibly some aloe..
Kitchari of the day:
This is what started off the whole enjoyment of Prickly Pear..