Is it edible or not?
Perhaps you have heard again and again that aloe vera is edible. But is that really true? And if so, what is the best way to prepare it so that it does not have a toxic effect?
This is exactly what our article is about. We also have three delicious, exciting recipes that you can easily try out at home.
The right preparation:
If you want to eat the Aloe Vera plant, then the right preparation is very important, because not everything on the plant is suitable for consumption. You can eat the gel-like inner leaf of aloe vera, the so-called water reservoir (aloe vera juice), without any problems. You should be careful with the yellow secretion, which is secreted between the green leaf bark and the pith. This is bitter, slightly poisonous and causes diarrhea or stomach upset.
Tip: If you carefully peel the aloe vera leaves and then rinse off the gel with water, it is ready to eat.
Cut aloe vera
If you want to use the leaves or the inside of the leaf of aloe vera for consumption, then you should pay attention to a few things. As you have already read before, a correct preparation of the plant is very important.
- You can carefully cut off the leaves with a sharp knife.
- You should then briefly wash the leaves with water.
- Then you can carefully remove the skin from the leaves so that the yellowish layer is completely removed.
- In the end you should only have the gel-like water reservoir in your hand, which can be processed in different ways for consumption.
Three easy aloe vera recipes
Now the time has finally come, we have selected three delicious recipes for you that you can easily prepare at home. If you cut out the pulpof the plant after the above steps, then you can safely eat the aloe. Here we go!
First recipe: Aloe Vera Drink - kiwi juice with aloe vera
For four people you need 200 g fresh pulp of your aloe, four kiwis, 200 g honeydew melon, two tablespoons lemon juice, a handful of ice cubes, two handfuls of mint leaves and honey to taste.
To prepare, cut the aloe vera pulp, the kiwis and the honeydew melon into small pieces. Add the fruit to the blender along with the lemon juice, ice and mint leaves (leave a few for garnish). Sweeten with honey if you like. Then divide into four glasses and decorate with the remaining mint.
Second recipe: Pineapple Aloe Vera Shake
You need this for four people: A small pineapple, 200 g aloe vera pulp, the juice of a lime, two teaspoons brown sugar, 400 ml coconut milk and 100 ml pineapple juice.
First peel the pineapple, remove the stalk and the leaves. The pulp of the pineapple and aloe vera should be cut into small pieces. Then you can finely puree the aloe vera pulp together with the lime juice and the sugar with a blender.
Gradually pour in the coconut milk and pineapple juice. Finally, fill the pineapple and ice cubes in four glasses and pour the aloe shake over them and serve.
Third recipe: lettuce with aloe vera
For four people you need 200 g lettuce, one grapefruit, aloe vera pulp, four tablespoons olive oil, two tablespoons balsamic vinegar, one teaspoon mustard, one tablespoon chopped herbs, salt and pepper.
For the preparation you have to wash the lettuce, spin dry and pluck it into small pieces.First peel the grapefruit and then cut small fillets out of the flesh. You can chop the aloe flesh small and arrange on the plates together with the grapefruit fillets and the salad.
For the salad dressing, mix oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper and season with the herbs. Then drizzle it over the salad.
Note: The aloe vera gel contained in the leaves is also edible.