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Nopales, The OG Ancestral Food We’ve Been Eating Since Waaaay Before Plant Based Foods Became Trendy

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Nopales, The OG Ancestral Food We’ve Been Eating Since Waaaay Before Plant Based Foods Became Trendy

I can literally talk food until my babas drip. Don’t judge. The comelón life chose me and I’m not mad at it. Because growing up Latino meant breakfast wasn’t always cereal, and dinner wasn’t always mac and cheese. I grew up con más sabor en mis platillos than most Americans. And, at the time, I didn’t even realize that many of the foods my family was trying to get me to eat were ancestral foods. From chocolate to cocoa and chia to nopalitos, I blame los ancestros for my obsession with food and all the glorious ingredients that have been passed down for generations.

My knees already feel weak, fam, because today I’m gonna be talking nopalitos. Ya me estoy chupando los dedos, thinking back to how I grew up with these babies always in the refri in that Nopalitos jar, ready to be thrown into a sauce or encima de una carne asada. It turns out this soul-feeding food is one of the OG ancestral foods that have been used by our people for thousands of years. Ahí les va un poco de historia:

The Mexica introduced the world to the “fruit of the Earth.”

In Náhuatl, the word for nopal translates to “fruit of the Earth.” I don’t know what the Náhuatl word for “bomb-delicioso” is, but in my opinion, that should also be the name for nopales. And the Aztecs must have felt this way too because one of the most famous cities in the Aztec Empire – Tenochtitlán, the empire’s religious center – was named “prickly pear on a rock.” Iconic.

According to legend, the city was built after an Azteca priest spotted an eagle perched on a nopal plant, carrying a snake in its mouth. The priest, obviously extremadamente blown away by this, ran back to his village just so he could gather everyone to check out this crazy eagle with a snake in its mouth. As they watched, the cactus beneath the eagle grew into an island – eventually becoming Tenochtitlán. I’ll give you 3 seconds to just process that. 1…2…3. Please take more time if you need it. The image of the eagle carrying a snake, its golden talons perched on a nopal growing from a rock, can now be found on the Mexican flag.

Today, we know that the Mexica were right to call nopales the plant of life.

In Mexico, it’s still common to place a handful of nopal flowers in a bath to help relax achy muscles. And nopales are becoming more popular than ever in beauty treatments to help fight aging. But, y’all are too beautiful to be needing them for that, so let’s talk about what’s important — eating them.

There are so many ways you can mix this iconic ingredient into your meals.

We should all be eating our green foods. Your tía, your abuela, your primo, everyone…except your ex. Your ex can eat basura. I said what I said. But, nopalitos are especially important. These tenacious desert plants can be eaten raw, sautéed, pickled, grilled – they’re even used as pizza toppings. Though for some people, nopales – with their spines and texture – can be intimidating. After cutting off the spines and edges, and cutting them into slices, they will bleed a clear slime. But boiling for 20 minutes will take care of that. Or make it even easier on yourself and avoid espinas by buying them all ready-to-go from the brand we all know and love, DOÑA MARIA® Nopalitos.

Check it out, I’m even gonna hook it up with that good-good, because if you’re looking for ways to enjoy your nopales, I got’chu with some starter links to recipes: Hibiscus and Nopal Tacos, Nopal Tostadas, Roasted Nopales con Mole, and Lentil Soup con Nopales.  One of my personal favorite ways to eat them is in a beautiful Cactus Salad, full of color and flavor. Trust. I rate these dishes 10 out of 10, guaranteed to make your babas drip, and when you eat this ensalada de nopalitos, you will remember even your ancestors were dripping babas over this waaay before it was cool to eat plant-based foods.

So let’s give the poderoso nopal the spotlight it deserves by adding it to our shopping lists more often.

Rich in history, mythology, and practical uses, the nopal’s enduring popularity is a testament to its versatility. It’s time to give this classic ingredient the respect it deserves and recognize just how chingon our ancestors are for making nopales fire before plantbase foods were even trending.

Next time you’re at the supermercado, do your ancestors proud and add nopales to your shopping cart by picking up a jar of DOÑA MARIA® Nopalitos. This easy-to-use food will definitely give you a major boost of pride in your roots. Viva los nopalitos bay-beh!

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Pick a Fragrance & We’ll Tell You What Kind of Spring You’re Going to Have

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Pick a Fragrance & We’ll Tell You What Kind of Spring You’re Going to Have

Springtime is here! After what felt like the longest Latino despedida at the doorway, the darkness and gloom of winter are finally saying farewell, leaving us with the brightness of the days ahead. 

Spring represents everything from rebirth, to renewal, to productivity. And one thing’s for certain–spring is marked by distinctive scents. April showers. May flowers. Fresh-cut grass. Newly picked citrus fruits. Sephora has an endless range of scents that will make you feel like spring has come alive. Pick any Sephora fragrance below and we’ll tell you what kind of spring you’re going to have.

Renewing

These scents refresh and renew you, making you feel bright and alive after a long, cold winter. 

Versace – Dylan Turquoise 

If you picked this refreshing, clean scent, it might remind you of getting caught in a spring shower. The keynotes of citrus lemon primofiore essence, guava, and musk bring you right to a tropical rainstorm. Open your arms and enjoy the downpour.

Dolce & Gabbana – Light Blue 

This fragrance is like a seaside getaway! The scent notes of citrus, bamboo, and green apple perfectly capture the essence of springtime in the South of Italy. Nothing says rejuvenation like a last-minute trip with your amigas to the isle of Capri. 

Relaxing

While bees may start their busy season during spring, you can use the warmer days as an opportunity to relax. The season of rebirth should include some much-need self-care.

Maison Margiela – ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk 

This fragrance is like…you guessed it, a trip to the beach. But not just any beach, it’s a chill beach, as the summer crowds haven’t poured in yet. The notes of bergamot, heliotrope, and coconut milk bring to mind a long leisurely stroll next to the waves.

Valentino – Voce Viva 

The mixture of italian bergamot, crystal moss accord, and orange blossom gives off a warm floral scent that is remindful of a springtime picnic. Imagine yourself spread out on a blanket, feeling the light spring sunbeams kissing your skin while you enjoy the good company of a friend.

Romantic

During the spring, you can practically feel all of the love that’s blossoming in the air. If you choose any of the scents below, you have a season of love ahead of you.

Dior – Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet 

Spring is the season practically made for weddings. This fragrance’s fresh rose and peony scents are directly reminiscent of a blushing bride’s bouquet. Don’t worry. You don’t gotta get married if you don’t want to. Just know that this scent might make people wanna put a ring on you.

Yves Saint Laurent – Libre Eau de Toilette 

The sexy and feminine scents of lavender, orange blossom absolute, and white-tea accord are perfect for a night of stargazing. Enjoy the mild weather while you lay under the night sky with your amorcito.

Marc Jacobs – Daisy

This fragrance’s notes of strawberry, violet, and jasmine give a feeling of purity and optimism. The scent of new love. This fragrance is an intoxicating first date at a breezy outdoor cafe. 

Productive

If you spent all winter hibernating, then spring might be the time you devote to getting things done. If you choose any of the scents below, you’re destined for a very productive season ahead.

Atelier Cologne – Clémentine California

  

Notes of vetiver, clementine, and star anise, this citrus fragrance reminds you of a California citrus grove during spring harvest time. Just picture yourself under miles of blue sky, picking clementines in a wide-brimmed hat.

Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia 

The red berries, pear, and white gardenia keynotes in Flora by Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia will make you feel fresh and energized–just like how you feel after giving your house a top-to-bottom spring cleaning. 

Carefree

Spring can be one of those times of the year where you just pause and experience life without wanting anything else from it. If you choose any of the fragrances below, you’re sure to have a footloose and fancy-free springtime.

Viktor&Rolf – Flowerbomb 

Get out your sundress because this fragrance is perfect for a garden party. The notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and patchouli are perfect for a breezy gathering with girlfriends under the springtime sun. 

NEST New York – Seville Orange Oil 

The bright note of orange in Seville Orange Oil evokes the mimosas you’ll be sharing over french toast with your comadres. Not a care in the world.

Armani – My Way 

The sweet notes of orange blossom and vanilla will transport you right to a nighttime spring Carnival. See yourself at the ring toss or lining up for the Ferris wheel. Just make sure you let out your inner child for the night.

If you’re the type of person that wants a bit of everything, then Sephora Favorites – Deluxe Mini Perfume Sampler Set is perfect for you. 

This option would be for the type of woman who doesn’t want to choose just one type of springtime–she wants to experience them all. Choose your favorite scent out of the seven included in the sampler set. Then, take the included scent certificate to any US Sephora store to redeem for a FREE full size of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost.

Take time this spring to celebrate life in all the little ways–including finding the perfect scent. There’s no right way of doing springtime–just as long as you seize the day!

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