Greetings from Via Organica, an organic restaurant, store, farm and learning center in San Miguel de Allende.
One of the things OCA’s Via Organica staff has learned working with organic-minded campesinos (small farmers) in Mexico are the tremendous health benefits of native organic plants and foods. Little known to most Americans (except for Latinos), for example, the nopal plant (prickly pear cactus) can lower cholesterol and prevent or treat diabetes, two of the most common health problems among Mexicans, and in fact all North Americans. Tasty and nutritious as a green vegetable (“nopalitos”), used as a type of flour in tortillas, or consumed as a nutritional supplement, the nopal cactus is an amazing plant, requiring no watering (cactus have the ability to absorb moisture from the air), no chemical fertilizers, nor pesticides. If you can’t find them, ask your local coop or organic food store to carry nopal products.