Aloe Vera is well known for its topical application, but can you eat Aloe? YES! Most often it’s blended into smoothies and juices, but there’s so much more this medicinal plant can offer. The edible and superfood part of the Aloe Vera plant is the solid gel-like substance, almost like a tapioca and that gave us the idea of making a dessert topping with the Aloe plant.
Strengthens the Immune System
Aloe vera gel contains vitamins A, C, E, B-12 and folate.It has an array of essential minerals, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, chromium, sodium, copper, zinc and selenium. It also contains 20 amino acids, including 7 out of the 8 essential ones.
Aloe contains several anti-inflammatory compounds, including salicylic acid, C-glucosyl chromone and an enzyme called bradykinase. Aloe is also able to reduce the production of acid in the body, which also prevents inflammation.
Diabetes Prevention and Treatment
Phytosterols, found in aloe vera gel help to enhance insulin sensitivity, which reduces blood glucose and triglycerides levels.
Note: There are many species of Aloe, they are not all edible and they can be difficult to identify. We don’t recommend that you use your house plant in any recipes. Barbadensis Mill. Is the known as the best variety of aloe vera to eat. You can obtain edible aloe vera as a full plant or just purchase the leaves. We got our Aloe from Wholesome Choice.
Aloe-Lime Coconut Yogurt
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 3 limes juiced
- 2 large Aloe leaves
- Yogurt – we used So Delicious Coconut Yogurt
- Here is a great post by marecipes.com about how to remove the edible part of aloe.
- Once you have removed the skin, chop the meat of the aloe into small cubes.
- Add the sugar, lime juice and aloe cubes to a small saucepan.
- Cook over medium low heat.
- Cool and serve as a topping over plain yogurt. This makes approximately about 3-5 servings. If you are new to eating aloe, start with about a 1/3 of the aloe as a topping.