Aloe Vera Leaf (Fresh)
Aloe vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed plant, a succulent species of the genus Aloe. The botanical name of Aloe vera is Aloe barbadensis miller . It grows mainly in the dry regions of North Africa, Asia, Europe. Aloe vera contains beneficial ingredients such as vitamins, enzymes, minerals. You can consume raw, add to beverages or apply to face and skin. An all round gift of nature.
Aloe is both nutrient and mineral dense and provides a wide variety of health benefits. The “gel” or tissue within the skin contains most of the beneficial properties. Aloe is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex, as well as folic acid and potassium. It also contains the minerals calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, and copper.
Aloe can be used both raw and cooked. Slice off the spiny edges and remove the skin using a peeler or knife. The gelatinous Aloe can be cut into cubes or strips. Most recipes suggest rinsing or soaking the aloe prior to use so any bitterness from the skin and sap is removed. Raw Aloe can be blended with water to make Aloe juice, or into smoothies or other beverages.
Origin: India, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico,
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