I have joked about eating cactus for years now so I finally decided to try it. I mean, it's free. Lot's of it grows outside my house and I don't even have to water it. Since I have a horrible time trying to grow other vegetables I thought this might be a great way to get cheap fresh produce.
First, I hunted down a young green cactus shoot. Here's a nice one.
Then I cut off each spiny node. I hear this step goes faster with a carrot peeler but I was having fun sitting on the steps, listening to music and whittling my cactus.
Then I cut it in strips and boiled it for 5 minutes, then cooked it with a little olive oil.
It smelled a bit like green beans. I took one bite and thought it wasn't bad. I took a couple of more bites and just couldn't get over how slimy it was. I ate half and returned the other half back to the wild. Icky.
Well, it was an interesting experience. Perhaps I cooked it wrong. I am disappointed that I didn't like it enough to eat it regularly but I would eat it if I was starving. I guess I'll have to keep trying to grow vegetables or just buy them from the store like other people do. I'll leave the cactus for the javelinas. They like it raw.