Nopal (otherwise known as Opuntia cacti) is a cactus grown in the high altitude volcanic soil mountains of Mexico. After the spines are removed, the pads can be prepared and nopal can be eaten as a vegetable, as has been traditionally done for many centuries. The plant is so integral to the culture of Mexico that the nopal leafs can actually be found on the national flag!
Behind its prickly exterior, nopal boasts an impressive range of health benefits. It has been linked to everything from balancing blood sugar to aiding weight loss to fighting inflammation. It also contains vitamins A, B and C as well as being high in calcium, potassium, fibre and iron.