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Nopales in Seattle?

equinoise Apr 10, 2008 10:23 AM

Anyone know where to buy this, the fresh paddles from the prickly pear cactus?

Anywhere is fine, but a place in Central or South Seattle would be preferred, with the Rainier Valley or Beacon Hill being ideal (and promising in my estimation).

eatnopal: do you still browse this board?

  1. terrier Apr 10, 2008 04:32 PM

    I'm sure you can find them in the South end somewhere, but if you can't Uwajimaya always has them.

    I have no idea why - never heard of them being part of any Asian cuisines, and you can't even get a packaged tortilla at Uwajimaya, but there they are.

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    1. re: terrier
      Eat_Nopal Apr 10, 2008 06:58 PM

      One region in China grows them... and they have recently become a popular health food.

    2. Eat_Nopal Apr 10, 2008 02:59 PM

      What I coincidence... I just happened to browse the "Boards" and my brain caugh Nopales.... what can I do for you?

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      1. re: Eat_Nopal
        equinoise Apr 10, 2008 03:03 PM

        See OP. Any suggestions?

        1. re: equinoise
          Eat_Nopal Apr 10, 2008 03:24 PM

          Ah yes... I don't know Seattle's neighborhoods but I have seen them at the Pike Place Market at multiple shops. Nopales should be in season (not sure where yours are sourced from).

      2. knowspicker Apr 10, 2008 02:50 PM

        HT Market at Oaktree usually has nopales.

        They also have a wide variety of the cacique cheeses and lots of peppers. They carry dried peppers in bulk so you can get just as many as you want. Also lots of the usual canned goods but they carry 3 different brands. They even has things like Mexican laundry detergent and the like.

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          ceester Apr 10, 2008 02:16 PM

          Try McPherson's Produce up on Beacon Hill, I've seen it there in the past.

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            PAO Apr 10, 2008 01:12 PM

            They may also be available at Central market, but that's a long way from where you are. Again, I encourage you to call ahead to find out availability.

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              PAO Apr 10, 2008 01:11 PM

              I don't know about the areas you mention, but nopales are usually available at Whole Foods and possibly at some of the larger QFC's and/or Metropolitan Market. You might call ahead to find out.

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