How To Cook Cactus For Survival
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I am still to dedicate a full post on how to survive in a desert on this blog just like the one I did on how to survive on a deserted island. However, I decided to jump the gun today and target one of the plants you are most likely to find in a desert. So let us look at how to cook prickly pear cactus plant for survival in the desert.

Of course, if it is fruit season then you can enjoy the prickly pears. Otherwise the best parts of the plant to use are the younger shoots, they have a much better taste and are less fibrous. You can still use the older pads, but they are not as tasty. You can eat this roasted or even raw if you do not have access to fire.

How To Cook Cactus For Survival In A Desert

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Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • cactus plants
  • survival knife
  • stick
  • fire

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1.

Cut your cactus shoot using your survival knife.
Let it drop to the ground and before you carefully pick it up.

Step 2.

Place on a flat surface or rock, press on one end with a stick
and use your knife to scrape off the thorns on both sides

Step 3.

You want to cook the pads over embers or coals, not the flames.
Wait for your fire to die down before you start roasting them.

Step 4.

Place some coals over the pad too, so you can cook both the top
and the bottom at the same time.

Step 5.

When it is a golden green, it should be cooked and ready.

Remove your pad from the fire and allow it to cool before you eat it. Believe it or not this cactus has actually been a staple in Mexico for natives for thousands of years now. Apparently even up to this day, many of them still enjoy it this way. It is loaded with tons of vitamins and nutrients that your body requires. You are guaranteed not to starve to death, if you have access to these.

You can watch the video below on how to collect & roast the cactus plant…


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