Too Big to Mail

I traveled to Las Vegas this past week, not for a “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” trip, but a G-rated trip to visit my sister and family.  The question was how to get there since I was awaiting two wheels for my car to arrive at my favorite local tire shop.  The left front and rear wheels were bent after the run-flat tires had a run-in with the infinite potholes and bumps spattered on Los Angeles streets.

LA pot holes were not getting in the way of my trip to “Lost Wages” so I used the CostCo discount and reserved the most fuel efficient car at the local Avis a few blocks away.  After all, I was carrying precious cargo in the form of a giant flexible cooler filled to the rim with all kinds of goodies for my niece and nephew from Geema and Papa.  The vehicle I rented was a 2011 Ford Focus PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle).  The Environmental Protection Agency rated the fuel economy for this vehicle at 34 MPG on the highway.

Since I am not a professional driving photographer, like the paparazzi, the photo included

Ford Focus with Particial Zero Emissions getting over 40 miles per gallon Ford Focus with Particial Zero Emissions getting over 40 miles per gallon. Do you really need a hybrid?

is not so clear, but it read an average fuel economy of 40.2 MPG.  I am used to getting 27 MPG at the most on long trips, but I mostly drive in the city with an 18 MPG average, so 40.2 MPG was awesome, I felt like I was truly winning.  Admittedly, the average ended up at 33.2 by the end of the trip.  That includes heavy air conditioning use while taking the scenic route by Lake Havasu to a stopover in Palm Springs to visit a high school friend.  Palm Springs delivered a farmers’ market bonus as it happened to be the first day for a new farmers’ market.  It was indoors which is perfect for the low desert but only included one farmer.  Carranza Fruit Farm in Valley Center

Newly opened Palm Springs market This market is new with only one farmer but has a great selection of herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers.

did have a  great selection of quality, pesticide free herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers.  The market was inside a sprawling  two story office park/mallish type of place, yet provided a unique farmers’ market experience.  I brought home some avocados and cactus leaves to be enjoyed this evening.

Health tip: Did you know that cactus leaves lower blood sugar?  This is news to me and I want to spread the word.  Here are some preparation suggestions directly from the farmer.

Enjoy, GreenUp! Guy

How to eat and prepare cactus

This is the handout directly from the farmer on how to prepare cactus.

Eat cactus, it is good for you.

Cactus leaves have the medicinal benefit of lowering blood sugar.

2 thoughts on “Too Big to Mail

  1. Here is the recipe that the farmer provided and I made:

    Nopal Cactus Salad:
    – 3 cactus paddles
    – 2 tablespoons thinly sliced onion
    – Clove of minced garlic
    – 2 medium tomatoes, diced small
    – 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
    – 1 tablespoon lime juice
    – extra virgin olive oil taste
    – serrano pepper to taste

    – Pare spines from cactus paddles and trim base and around the edge, dice into 3/4″ strips. (Optional: blanch in boiling water for 5-7 minutes or until tender). Drain and rice thoroughly. Combine with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Serve cold, baked corn tortilla chips, optional

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