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General Produce

Cactus Leaves

Receiving Inspecting:

Good quality cactus leaves should be green with a crisp-firm texture. Avoid pads that appear dry, limp, or soggy.

Storage Handling:
 

Short-term storage recommendation (7 days or less)

  • 34-46° F/1-2° C
  • 85-95% relative humidity
Shelf-Life:
7 days.
Troubleshooting:

Bronze discoloration is an indication of chill injury. Store properly.

Decayed cut stem end is a sign of age.

Usage Ideas:

  • Trim and peel cactus leaves; chop and steam; mix with cherry tomatoes, sliced red onions, cilantro, jicama, lime juice, olive oil, and oregano; top with grilled shrimp and Cotija cheese.
  • Sauté trimmed and chopped cactus leaves until tender; toss with orange sections and mint.