Cactus or nopal is a delicacy in Mexico.! Let’s read all about it from survivingmexico.com.
I love cactus! It has a fresh, green taste that is all its own. And it can be found right in our little community, no trip to the fruteria (greengrocers) necessary. We’ve even planted some cactus in our backyard, however it will be YEARS before they are big enough to harvest from.
The nopal (cactus) is one of the fundamental symbols of Mexico. It is considered la planta de vida (life-giving plant) as it seems to never die. Fallen pencas (leaves) form new plants, therefore an apt symbol of the life-rebirth cycle found in the most ancient of Mexican myths.
According to legend, the first nopal (cactus) grew from Copil‘s heart, son of Malinalxochitl, the moon, and Chimalcuauhtli. Copil had attempted to murder his uncle Huitzilopochtli, the sun, because he had abandoned his mother. According to legend, Huitzilopochtli defeated his nephew and removed Copil’s heart, which was later…
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