Frieda's Specialty Produce - Aloe Vera

Overview

What is Aloe Vera?

  • The Aloe Vera plant produces prickly leaves and a flowering stem which produces orange or yellow flowers. When the leaves are cut open or crushed, a clear gel oozes out which is used as a clear protective seal for wounds. Aloe Vera is very popular in the Asian and Latin communities and is commonly used for burns and scrapes.

How to Eat

  • Warning: slippery! Aloe can be difficult to peel due to its slimy sap and slippery texture.
  • Slice off a portion you need from the whole leaf. Slice off the sharp sides, then carefully slice off the thick green skin. Rinse thoroughly before use or eating.
  • Use gel  to sooth sunburns, burns, or skin irritation.
  • The gel is also edible! Enjoy fresh gel mixed with water or juices for a refreshing drink, or blend into smoothies. Poach gel cubes in simple syrup for a dessert, or steam gel and add to salads.

Health Benefits

  • Aloe vera hydrates the skin and relieves sunburns.

How to Choose

  • Look for firm green leaves with no evidence of wrinkling or cracking.

How to Store

  • Keep at room temperature for up to one week, or refrigerate, tightly wrapped in plastic, for up to 2 weeks.

When are they in season?

  • Year-round

Where are they grown?

  • Product of Mexico

Recipes

 

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