The prickly pear cactus or nopal is an emblematic food item to native Mexicans. Much are
written about preparing and cooking the somewhat slimy pads as a vegetable. Of course, the fruit (called
Tuna in the native mexican parlance) is also eaten, although it does share the mucilaginous quality of the pads. One way around it is to candy the fruit, or, as pictured here, crystallized in sugar.