thank you for being here.
Holy Nopales is a general interest website with lifestyle blog tendencies. It’s intended to be a little weird and joyful, and it’s grounded in a distinctly Latinx perspective.
A note about the name:
Nopales, or prickly pear cactus, of the genus opuntia, are native to the Americas. The young cactus and its fruit (called tunas in some parts) are commonly eaten in Mexico and other places. These sprawling plants are exceptionally hardy, rugged and nutritious. I grew up eating nopales several times a week, usually harvested fresh from my family’s backyard, in various delicious configurations. Most people who didn’t grow up eating nopales feel compelled to tell me that they don’t like them. I, for one, have trouble imagining my life without them. Here, I take them up as a totem for life itself: ripe, delicious, sometimes a little prickly, always wild.
— patricia i. escarcega, founder