This cactus is known for more than just its fruit. The prickly pear cactus is native
to Mexico. And in Mexico, it is traditional to eat the fleshy pads of the cactus
as well. In Spanish, the pads are called nopales. The nopales are boiled or grilled
and used as a vegetable in soups and salads. People also make omelets and jams with
the cactus pads. The seeds can be ground into flour and used to make breads and pancakes.
Parts of this plant are believed to have medicinal uses. Some people use prickly
pear cacti to treat headaches, stomachaches, coughs, and sore throats.