Sliced Nopales (Cactus) PEPE COMALA 454 g. Cactuses are a typical landscape in Mexico. Nopalitos are cactus leaves when cut from the plant and cooked. The use of cactus leaves has its origins in Roman Catholic customs. Meat was avoided during Lent, so the cactus leaves were regularly on the table. In Mexico, they are often consumed as a vegetable. The best young leaves are freshly packed, pickled or preserved, often cut into strips beforehand. Traditional dishes include cactus salad or cactus soup. Tastes great with seafood, omelets, quiches, stews and gives your dishes an authentic note! Juicy alternative for vegetarians.