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Edible aloes?

Posted by roselee z8 SW Texas (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 25, 14 at 19:31

Are there other aloes such as what is commonly called soap aloe (Aloe maculata, I think) that are edible? I have lots of it and use it for burns. It works very well for that, but I'm not sure if it is safe to take internally. I could find nothing on the internet concerning this question.

Thank you!

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RE: Edible aloes?

Aloe vera (A. barbadensis) is the source of herbal remedy aloe juice. It cannot be eaten out of hand and must be processed.

RE: Edible aloes?

Rhizo, thank you! But -- uh oh, it's being touted for use in smoothies. They do recommended processing it somewhat in the recipe below by advising that you let the yellow sap drain out and freeze it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aloe vera smoothie recipe ...

This post was edited by roselee on Fri, Jul 25, 14 at 23:30

RE: Edible aloes?

I've tried to get the gel from my aloe vera for smoothies. It sort of worked... The sap is a serious problem though. It's super bitter, absolutely horrible tasting. According to a Youtube video I watched, you can minimize the sap by using a very sharp knife and cutting the gel out (like filleting a fish), carefully avoiding extra nicks in the skin. You'll still want to rinse the gel off so it helps to have larger chunks. Personally, I didn't think it was worth the trouble.
Also, I'm not sure but I think the sap is supposed to be a laxative, and NOT the gentle, non-crampy kind. No first-person experience as the taste alone was pretty toxic.
Really hope someone here can give you a more positive look at it though!

RE: Edible aloes?

Liligoat I really appreciate you giving us your experience. I've never even tasted aloe vera except for the bottled juice, but I've decided trying to use it raw is not worth it either.

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