7 Succulents Plants that are Edible
Growing our very own foods is so important not only is this a great way to connect with nature outdoors, growing our food crops provide the opportunity of getting that much-needed exercise, saving that hard-earned dollar, and growing foods that are not contaminated.
Edible gardens are popular in this day and time as many homeowners are taking advantage of these garden types, there are so many food crops that can be grown but what I find to be so amazing is there are edible succulents that can boost our health.
No longer are we limited by ornamental succulents but edible succulents are here providing us with the opportunities to live a healthier life so come go with me as we enter the exciting world of edible succulent plants.
What are succulent plants?
Succulent plants are plants which store water in their leaves and stem due to arid climates or conditions. Some parts are fleshly and thick, most species can’t take the cold weather but prefer the warmer climates. Succulent plants are tender and full of juice or sap. Most grow best in bright sunlight, some species can be propagated from their leaves. The main pest problem of succulent plants is the sucking insects that feed on their sap or juice.
Edible succulent plants
1. The aloe plant is so amazing, from a child I was introduced to this plant by my parents. The aloe plant was used mostly in my home when we caught the flu, my dad who is now deceased would boil cerasee along with the clear meaty or jelly part from the aloe plant and anyone who has ever tasted cerasee I am sure had a bitter experience so can you imagine adding aloe, this is a combination that is not pleasant at all but the good news is this mixture will knock out the flu and the common cold.
Aloe is also used to cure minor wounds, burns and is used for many other medical purposes, this succulent plant can do wonders. Growing aloe from your home garden is a win for you.
The dragon fruit
2. The dragon fruit is a night bloomer, the fruit of this tropical plant is pulpy and full of flavor. The dragon fruit will boost your iron, aids in weight loss, is rich in antioxidants which helps the body to get rid of free radicals.
3. Purslane is a succulent plant that grows wild here on the island, I have worked on many garden projects removing and discarding this succulent because this plant was said to be a weed. But what I found so amazing is one day while removing some of these plants my then supervisor said that someone he knew uses this plant in salads.
This succulent can be cooked like spinach and is an excellent source of vitamin a and c, copper, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Purslane is great for weight loss, strengthens the immune system, prevents cancer, promotes digestive health, strengthens the bones, promotes heart health, and promotes skin health.
4. Stonecrops are succulent plants that can promote one’s health, these succulents are used in stir- fry and salads. However, it is good not to use too much, use in moderation because of the bitter taste along with a peppery flavor.
Consuming in great amounts can also cause stomach upset, It is reported that stonecrops can be used to relieve the cough, can be applied to the skin for wounds and burns, help to reduce high blood pressure, helps in healing mouth ulcers, warts and hemorrhoids.
Prickly Pear Cactus
5. The prickly pear cactus makes a great showpiece for a rock or low maintenance garden, this plant is also known as the India fig and is also an edible plant. The fruits and the leaves are said to be full of flavor which makes this plant a must for your edible garden.
The seed pulp of the prickly pear cactus can also be processed to make jams and jellies. If you’re interested in this succulent then give it try as you enjoy the flavors this plant provides.
6. Sea beans are a good source of iodine, iron, protein, and calcium. This succulent is said to have that sea salt flavor. Sea beans can be pan-fried or eaten raw, these succulents can be found growing in areas such as sandy beaches and salt marshes.
7. Opuntia is a succulent plant that has a mild flavor, the fruits are high in vitamin c and the leaves are loaded with calcium and fiber. The leaves of opuntia can be grilled and boil and go great in salsas, tacos, salads, and soups
15 succulent fun facts
1. There are more than 8000 species of succulents.
2. Succulents can survive in harsh dry climates.
3. Succulents can be used in so many ways.
4. Most succulent plants are said to be found in Southern Africa.
5. I heard of a succulent plant that is worn as a piece of jewelry and grows as it is worn.
6. Succulents are easy to grow.
7. Some succulents have fewer pests issues.
8. The Latin word for Succulent is Sucus meaning Sap or Juice.
9. You can find succulents in just about any color.
10. There is a succulent plant which is named after a donkey’s tail.
11. The chalky substance on succulents protects them from sunburn, pests, and disease
12. The Christmas cactus is a succulent plant.
13. Succulents can be grown both out and indoors.
14. The leaves that fall can be used to grow a new plant.
15. Succulents have the ability to retain water.
The final word
Adding succulent plants to your diet does have its benefits, these plants are enjoyed by many and the good part is they can be grown from your home garden. These succulents have been used for their flavors and vitamins which can boost our health so join the many homeowners who are growing and enjoying these succulents.