Organic nopales in Sonoma County?
- Melanie Wong Oct 16, 2007 10:50 PM
Anyone know where I can get some organic nopales? I want the raw ingredient for cooking. So far, I've visited Ortiz Brothers organic farm in Santa Rosa, inquired about the couple large cacti on the property, and learned that they're not a good eating variety except for the cactus flowers. Also asked at Tierra Vegetables, which has quite a row of cactus along one border, but apparently they only harvest the pads in the spring.
Melanie- Try the Sebastopol berry farm folks. They're at Santa Rosa Vets Memorial farmers' market on Saturday & Wednesday. They have organic raspberries and blueberries and handpainted gifts. They often have nopales, but I'm uncertain whether they're in season?
They may be on farm trails, so check there too.
Oh yes, Luther Burbank Garden in downtown SR probably culls their cactus occasionally, but they use -cides in their garden.
re: Stephanie Sugars
I went to the Santa Rosa market last Saturday. The Sebastopol Berry Farm stand had been recommended to me by Hector's and the Ortiz Bros for cactus too. But no luck, they weren't there. Maybe they only come to the market when they have berries to sell.
Hector's Honey told me they only sell the cactus flowers from their farm. Not the right kind of cactus to eat the paddles apparently. Not certain of organic status here, Hector's doesn't spray, and that's good enough for me.
re: Fig Newton
Thanks, Rancho Gordo's a little too far but good idea.
I've had my eye on various cacti, seems many gardens, orchards and vineyards around here have some plus the ones on the side of the road, and they're studded with cactus blossoms now. But after talking to a few farms, it seems that only certain kinds are good eating and/or the harvested parts need to be quite young and tender. That was all new to me.