Wednesday, September 12, 2012
O.k. so the title makes it sound like I'm trying to push food on people. I'm not. It's just that giving food at least a try is something I'm all too familiar with since i have little kids. This being said, my words wouldn't have much value if I wasn't willing to give various fruits and veggies a try too.
I've always enjoyed trying new food. What new food did I try? Cactus! My mom has a neighbor who cooked some up for her in a pico de gallo. When I was over at my mom's home she offered some to me. Naturally I was thrilled to give it a try.
I already adore homemade pico de gallo, but how could I say no to some with cactus? I've seen them at the store, but never dared to buy any because a: they are pricey b: I would be afraid of overcooking it and c: I'm certain I'd tenderize my poor fingers with the needles. None of these issues applied with the pico de gallo though, so I dug in.
The verdict? A-mazing. It was absolutely fabulous. By itself the cactus reminded me vaguely of cooked green beans. Not exactly, though. I don't think tossing green beans in pico de gallo would have the same effect, nor would I recommend it.
Not exactly Bizarre Foods, but it was a fun new food to try all the same.