Make Dessert with Aloe vera

Aloe vera border at Bellis

Aloe vera border at Bellis

I planted Aloe vera so I can use its juice to soothe sunburn. It grows effortlessly in my nature strip. People also use it to relieve the itching caused by eczema. I also enjoy cooked Aloe vera as a dessert. Recipes for cooking Aloe vera abound on the internet, and many result in creating something bitter tasting and unpalatable. This method avoids disappointment.

Aloe vera’s bitter taste is due to aloin, a toxic compound with laxative properties which, if consumed in sufficient quantities, may cause side effects. Aloin has two forms and both are found in the skin.

Aloe vera dessert

Ingredients

Large Aloe vera leaves
Salt
Coconut milk
Cardamom
Nutmeg
Sugar

* Pick large leaves, twisting each one off at the base. No knife is required. Wash clean;

* Using a sharp knife, remove the tip and the base. Run the knife down the side of each leaf to remove the skin – this contains most of the bitter tasting aloin;

* Cut each leaf into halves or thirds. Slice off the remaining skin thoroughly;

* Place the slices in a colander. Rinse under running water;

* Place the slices in a bowl in layers, sprinkling salt over each layer. Cover with water and allow to soak for fifteen minutes;

* Drain and rinse with water;

* Place in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil and then simmer for fifteen minutes. Drain, rinse with water, return to the saucepan;

* Add enough coconut milk to just cover, add cardamom, nutmeg and sugar to taste. Re-heat and serve;

If the result tastes bitter, you’ll need to improve your peeling and rinsing skills.

sections of Aloe vera leaf

sections of Aloe vera leaf

Aloe vera leaf - sides removed

Aloe vera leaf – sides removed

Aloe vera leaf - fully peeled

Aloe vera leaf – fully peeled

Slices of Aloe vera gel

Slices of Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera - salted and soaking to help remove bitterness

Aloe vera – salted and soaking to help remove bitterness

 

Cooked, diced, flavoured and served with coconut milk as dessert.

Cooked, diced, flavoured and served with coconut milk as dessert.

Jerry Coleby-Williams
1st January 2019