Post by CMF Newsman on Apr 16, 2007 10:18:59 GMT -5
JERUSALEM (AFP) - An Israeli farm plans to serve up a cactus surprise -- an edible and spineless plant with healing properties that can treat hypertension and diabetes, according to local reports.
The prickless preparation has been imported from Mexico, where more than 20 varieties of cactus are cultivated for their medicinal properties, the daily Maariv said.
"In Mexico, this cactus is considered to be a delicacy," said Rahamim Shaar, director of the Emek Hefer farm north of Tel Aviv. "It can be cooked like a steak in a frying pan, or baked in the oven wrapped in aluminium foil."