From gardens, decor, trendy clothing to accessories, succulents are taking the world by storm - It seems like the world just can't get enough of them! Did you know that they are not only gaining their popularity in the garden? Some people even enjoy them for their flavor! Here are a few edible succulents which make great candidates for edible gardens.
ALOE VERA (ALOE BARBADENSIS)
The Aloe plant is a succulent which is most widely known for the clear gel that is found in the leaves (commonly known as aloe vera gel). It's juices have even shown to be beneficial in reducing cholesterol. There are over 200 species of Aloe, but the yellow-flowered Aloe Barbadensis is considered the safest choice for consumption as well as in home remedies.
Dragon fruit, also known as "Pitahaya" or "Strawberry Pear", is a tropical fruit known for it's vibrant red skin and sweet, seed-speckled pulp. They are a good source of fiber, protein and omega-essential fatty acids. The fruit is rich in antioxidants and people often label it as "super-fruit".
PRICKLY PEAR (OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA)
Prickly pear cactus, also called "Nopal", grows on the edges of the flat pads of cacti, and are pear-shaped. They can range in color from green (less sweet) to red (very sweet) and orange shades in between. It is good for treating diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and even hangovers. This succulent can be eaten raw after peeling off it's skin and can be also made into jams.
PURSLANE (PORTULACA OLERACEA)
Purslane is native to the Indian sub-continent, distributed widely across the world. However it is actually just a wild weed. There exists varieties of Pusley with variation in leaf size, thickness, and leaf arrangement and pigment distribution. This hardy herb plant requires relatively less water and soil nutrients and grows well in sunny climates. The plant grows up to 12-15 cm in height as a low-lying spread. This wonderful green, leafy vegetable is very low in calories and fats. It is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Fresh Purslane leaves contain surprisingly even more Omega-3 fatty acids than fish.
BARREL CACTUS (FEROCACTUS WISLIZENI)
The Barrel Cactus, also known as "Candy Barrel Cactus", blooms and produces fruit in the summer. The fruit resembles a miniature pineapple. The flower is green when unripe, yellow after the fruit dries up, and grows atop the cactus long after the fruit is gone, sometimes for more than a year.