In an article about Food Trends for Recessionary Times with the heading:

Consumers are turning to comfort food but lighter beverages.

I wouldn’t expect to see any mention of cactus pads. No, I wouldn’t. But I would be wrong.

FLAVOR TRENDS
1. Persimmon
2. Starfruit
3. Lavender
4. Cactus
5. Chimichurri
6. Peri-Peri
7. Masala

I had no idea that cactus was going to be as popular as peri-peri in the coming year. Truly an oddity to behold.