Tag: prickly pear

  • Prickly Pear found in Teotihuacan

    Prickly Pear found in Teotihuacan

    While exploring the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan, a remarkable fruit caught our eye: the prickly pear. This vibrant cactus fruit, also known as “tuna” in Spanish is a staple in Mexican cuisine and culture. Prickly pear grows on the Nopal cactus, a plant deeply rooted in Mexican heritage. Nopal is not only valued for its…

  • Adventure at Mercado de La Merced

    Adventure at Mercado de La Merced

    During my recent visit to Mercado de La Merced in Oaxaca, I embarked on a journey through a world of vibrant colors, rich aromas, and authentic Mexican flavors. My first encounter was with nopales, the pads of the prickly pear cactus, essential in Mexican cooking. Their versatility and unique flavor highlighted the ingenuity of Oaxacan…

  • Fruit of the cactus – prickly pear

    Fruit of the cactus – prickly pear

    The prickly pear is a fruit. It grows on the Opuntia cacti, commonly known as the prickly pear cactus. The fruit, also known as a “tuna” in Spanish, is distinct from the nopales, which are the cactus pads. Prickly pears come in various colors, including green, yellow, red, and purple, depending on their maturity and…

  • Next stop: nevería

    Next stop: nevería

    Next we went to Plaza de Las Nieves for a dessert stop. A “nevería” is a traditional Mexican ice cream shop, specializing in “nieves,” which are Mexican-style ice creams and sorbets. Unlike regular ice cream, “nieves” are typically fruit-based and have a lighter, more granular texture. They come in a wide range of flavors, many…