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.
- 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?
Where are they grown?
- Product of Mexico