Ice Plants, also known as Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum. On top of Vitamins A, B, C and mineral salts it also contains Isoflavones that help the body against breast cancer, menopausal symptoms, heart disease and osteoporosis.
They are also known for fighting against liver & kidney diseases and pneumonia.
External use can also relieve itching, pain, swelling and redness of the skin.
5 easy and healthy ways to use Ice plants
Steeped as tea
The easiest way of consuming Ice plant is to steep it like tea. Hot water breaks down the succulent, making it easier to absorb its vitamins and minerals through steeping.
The Japanese are known to make tempura out of ice plant leaves. Just a thin coating of tempura flour and a quick air-fry gives the leaves extra crispiness.
This hardy vegetable makes for a good stir-fry ingredient as it remains crunchy after frying. Because of its natural salinity(lightly salted by nature), the Ice plant makes a great complement in all your seafood dishes.
Eat it like a salad
Ice plants are the best substitute for crunchy leafy vegetables in your salads. It is light, filled with water and lightly salted so it won’t overpower any other flavours you’d want to dress the salad with.
Thanks to the unique texture of the ice plant leaves, it can be used creatively as a garnish to add a textural to any of your favourite dishes.