I had some people try the cactus (raw) to see what their reactions. Most of the people who tried the cactus enjoyed the raw taste. Some did not enjoy it at all. The cactus smells like most green vegetables, and tastes sort of like pea pods, though a bit more bitter and with a very different texture. It is kind of very slimy. My opinion of the cactus is pretty neutral. I like it alright, but it probably wouldn't qualify as my favorite food.