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Ice Plant - 300g

Original price HK$28.00 - Original price HK$28.00
Original price
HK$28.00 - HK$28.00
Current price HK$28.00
Ice plant, also known as Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, is a succulent ground cover with a striking appearance.
Its fleshy, green leaves are covered in tiny, glistening water droplets that resemble ice crystals, giving the plant its unique and eye-catching look.
Native to coastal regions, ice plant thrives in hot, dry climates and is valued for its drought-tolerance and ability to spread quickly to form dense mats.
Beyond its ornamental appeal, ice plant has culinary and medicinal uses, making it a versatile addition to gardens and landscapes.

How to Eat Ice Plant? 

Here are some ways to enjoy eating ice plant:

  • Raw in Salads: The leaves and flowers of ice plant can be added raw to salads, providing a refreshing, crunchy texture and a subtly salty flavor.
  • Sautéed or Stir-Fried: The succulent leaves become tender when sautéed or stir-fried with a bit of oil or butter. This brings out their natural saltiness.
  • Pickled: The leaves can be pickled in a vinegar-based brine, creating a tangy, briny condiment.
  • Braised: Slowly braising the leaves in broth or with other vegetables yields a melting, soft texture.
  • Pureed into Dips or Spreads: The leaves can be blended into dips, spreads, or sauces to add a unique, saline flavor.
  • Dried and Powdered: The leaves can be dried and ground into a powder to use as a seasoning or garnish.
  • Cooked into Soups or Stews: Chopped ice plant leaves can be added to hearty vegetable soups or stews.
  • Tempura: The leaves and flowers can be battered and quickly fried into a crispy tempura for a unique and flavorful appetizer.

The versatility of ice plant allows you to enjoy its crunchy, salty, and refreshing qualities in a variety of dishes, both raw and cooked. Its natural salt content makes it a great alternative to traditional salts and seasonings.

Is Ice Plant Low-FODMAP?

Yes, ice plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum) is considered a low-FODMAP food.

FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols) are types of carbohydrates that can be difficult to digest for people with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Foods low in FODMAPs are recommended for those following a low-FODMAP diet.

The succulent leaves and stems of ice plant are low in the types of carbohydrates that make up FODMAPs. This makes ice plant a great option for individuals looking to manage their symptoms through diet.

In addition to being low-FODMAP, ice plant is also:

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • A good source of minerals like potassium and magnesium
  • Hydrating due to its high water content
  • Versatile for use in a variety of raw and cooked dishes
For those following a low-FODMAP diet, ice plant can be a flavorful and nutritious addition that is easy to digest. Its low-FODMAP status makes it a gut-friendly ingredient to incorporate into meals.

Weight: Approx. 300g
Produce of: China 

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