Pack Size: 30gm per pack
Origin: Saga, Japan 日本佐贺
Crunchy, juicy and just a bit salty, the ice plant is a surprisingly versatile ingredient
“Tsuburina” is an annual herb that belongs to the Mesembryanthemum genus of the Aizoaceae family. Its scientific name is Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, and its English name is “common ice plant” (or “ice plant” in Japan). The plant originates from arid regions such as the Namib Desert in South Africa.
Crunchy, juicy and with a gentle marine-like salinity, the ice plant is surprisingly versatile as an ingredient. You can eat it raw – the fleshy leaves are great in salads, giving the dish a nice salty crispiness; or steep it in boiling water to make tea. The hardy vegetable retains its crunch even with heat, so feel free to use it in your stir-fries.
As it is mainly made of water, the ice plant is low in calories. What it is high in, though are vitamins A, B and C, mineral salts, and isoflavones – a class of phytochemicals that help protect the body against breast cancer, menopausal symptoms, heart disease and osteoporosis. In short, the ice plant makes a great addition to any diet, whether you are health conscious or not.