1-Bareroot Sprouting Paddle of a Prickly Pear Cactus, Nopal Verde, Opuntia, also known as the Vegetable Cactus or Paddle Cactus. This hardy sun loving plant will become a real eyecatcher within just a few short years. Nopal have few pests are very drought tolerant. They grow with little care as long as they have plenty of sun & no frost. Frost kills succulents, do not plant outdoors if it freezes in your area. Nopales widely used in Mexican cooking are very rich in antioxidant flavonoids, vitamins A,C, K, B6, soluble and insoluble dietary fibers. Addition of nopales can reduce the glycemic effect of a mixed meal. Nopales are low carbohydrate and may help in the treatment of diabetes. They also contains a high amount of mucilage which helps balance the pH of the stomach and soothes the stomach lining.