I had it at a Tex-Mex place, in a burrito with fried sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro, and chipotle crema. It ruled and I want more, but I can't go to this place in particular all too frequently (it's in Philly and I live in DC now).
Originally Posted by BigJCaRoach
I haven't seen it on many restaurant menus and the only time I personally had it, it was turned into specialty margaritas. Tasty.
I am curious what kind of cactus was in the burrito?
No idea. It was cut into sticks about an inch long and about a quarter inch thick, and flash fried. A little crispy on the outside, but it had a rooty quality on the inside, not unlike a potato, but a little fresher and snappier. Maybe like a cross between a potato and a cucumber or zucchini, texturally.
Do people in the Southwest eat cactus often? I had cactus in a burrito recently and it was ****ing awesome, but I don't know how common it is.
From what I have experenced, prickly pear cactus grows its own fruit. Had this same fruit used in gummy like candy and jam. Its great. The fruit has its own flavor you cant compare it to other fruit and and has a moderate amount of sweetness.
I can't imagine this will appeal to very many people, but here's (from what I can tell) the full text from David Foster Wallace's "Authority and American Usage" essay, which masquerades as a book review but is really just an excuse for Wallace to proselytize about grammar and style. Even if you're not one of the two people who find my grammar sermons interesting, it's a great read. Wallace is my favorite writer, and this is probably my favorite piece of his non-fiction.