Cholla Cactus Bud Recipe Ideas
After your fresh-picked cholla cactus flower buds have been de-spined and prepared by boiling or roasting,
OR after your dry cholla buds are totally reconstituted, here are some great ideas for serving these delicious, super-nutritious, and rare treats of the Sonoran Desert:
Use fresh as appetizers: Add a dash of sea salt or lemon pepper or balsamic vinegar, and serve cholla buds with toothpicks for an off-the-wall Southwest delight.
Use as Dippers: use cholla buds with dipping sauces like BBQ sauce, Mexican sauces or Oriental sauces.
Use in Salads: toss cholla buds in pasta salads or fresh salad for a new flavor note!
Pickled: place fresh or reconstituted cholla buds in your favorite pickle juice to marinate for a few days, then serve as an hors d’oeuvre, or as a garnish, or toss them with other veggies in green salad or pasta salad.
Stir-fried: in olive oil, stir-fry buds with other leafy veggies such as cabbage, kale, and celery or with root foods like carrots, and top with soy sauce for an Oriental flavor.
Stir-fried: in olive oil, stir fry cholla buds with onions, garlic, green chiles for a Southwestern flair.
As a tangy vegetable: cholla buds taste great just steamed and served with butter and salt, or sauteed onions. They are a little like asparagus tips with a tang!
In Quiches: add cholla buds to your favorite baked quiche dish. They combine delectably with cheese quiche or green chile quiche.
In scrambled eggs: scramble your buds with eggs, and a dash of parmesan for an elegant breakfast.
In Stews: Toss in cholla buds into your favorite meat stews for extra thickening and flavor.
In casseroles: Bake buds into your lasagnas; vegetable, meat or cheese casseroles.
Soups: In vegetable soup, chicken, meat soups cholla buds add great texture & flavor.
With roasts: Add cholla buds to your roasts with carrots, celery, onions and potatoes!
In Cornbread: Add cholla buds to your cornbread batter and find delectable surprises.
As gravy or sauce thickener: Grind dried cholla buds in mortar or coffee mill and use powdered buds as a healthy thickening agent for your gravy or sauces.
Get creative—you can put cholla buds most anywhere in your meal and you will be adding fun flavor, innovation, and super-nutrition.