Why eat cactus? Well, it is tasty and it’s good for you, having lots of nutrients and of course fibre. The cactus we eat are the paddles from the prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa) which also produces the beautiful pink fruit that is used to make brightly coloured agua fresca. The paddles are severed from the plant and the spines removed before cooking. It has the taste and texture of slightly tart, crisp, cooked okra. This salad makes a great starter or tostada topping or you could serve it as a side with charcoal grilled steak.