Monday, April 25, 2005

Aloe vera

Aloe vera ... Do you eat this in your country?

I never expected anyone to guess this right, but yes, this is aloe vera!!

Aloe vera is commonly seen in Japan, I guess, and I always thought it was a medical herb. When I was a child, my grandma would apply it to any of the cuts/scratches I got. At that time, no one in my hometown thought about eating Aloe vera, because the kind we had there tasted terribly bitter. It was only after I grew up when the edible aloe vera became known throughout Japan and aloe drinks/desserts became popular. Now aloe vera with yogurt is my absolute favorite.

This aloe in syrup was cheaper but didn’t taste as good as the other brand I used to buy. Looks nice and refreshing when served this way, though.


Anonymous said...

kore wa nan desu- ka?
gelatin dessert? With matcha flavor? syrup?
looks cool and refreshing,, neh?

Posted by carlyn

Anonymous said...

agar agar? 

Posted by carlyn

Anonymous said...

looks like some kind of marrow..aloe vera in syrup??? 

Posted by keona

Anonymous said...

I know what it is.. but i cannot remember the name of it.. some aloe thingie.. :) 

Posted by MrsT

Anonymous said...

Hi Obachan,

I'm stumped. I've never seen this before...but I bet when you say what it is, I will have heard of it. 

Posted by Reid

Anonymous said...

It's aloe vera! 

Posted by Anonymous

Anonymous said...

hilo obachan! im from singapore. we eat this about three times a week n my gals love it with yoghurt too. btw, i love your fantabulous site!  

Posted by weimun

Anonymous said...

Hi Obachan,
I love aloe vera! I used to have it a lot when I was young, it's a very common and refreshing dessert in Indonesia :)  

Posted by Kristi

Anonymous said...

I've only had aloe vera once from a can. I was so excited to try it, but it tasted too weird for me. Hopefully it's just because that brand wasn't very good. Your aloe looks very refreshing. ^^ 

Posted by Tea

Anonymous said...

> carlyn --- Well, now you know ne?

> keona --- You got it right.

> MrsT --- Yep, Aloe.

> Reid --- Do you eat this in Hawaii?

> Anonymous commenter --- Right! Thanks for guessing ;)

> weimun --- Hiya. Welcome and thanks for your comment. So looks like this is popular over there. I really want to visit Singapore someday…

> kristi --- Really! So nice to know that this is popular in Indonesia, too.

> Tea --- Looks like the taste really depends on the brand. Better luck next time : )  

Posted by obachan

Anonymous said...

Hello Obachan,
My sister-in-law to be introduced me to eating aloe vera after I had become constipated while visiting her. I guess meeting my fiance's family was too much stress for my gastrointestinal system. Anyway, she peeled and sliced some up in a green salad for worked like a charm. 

Posted by Annie

Anonymous said...

Oh I didn't know that aloe works that way! I'll give that info. to my mom.
Hmmm.... meeting fiance's family...I've never experienced it myself, but I can imagine how it can be stressful, even though you like them very much.  

Posted by obachan

Anonymous said...

Aloe vera is commonly found in our place, Coimbatore

obachan said...

Hi. Welcome to my site and thanks for your information. Honestly, I didn't know that aloe was so popular in somewhere in India. It must be a real nice place where you live. :)

Miguel S.G. Oliveira said...

Oh, aloe vera! a few years ago, i discovered they were selling it here in Portugal too! They sell it canned, already in cubes like in your picture, and they say the syrup contains honey....I tried it and loved it! refreshing indeed... I also tried aloe vera yoghurt, and also loved it..though here it is rather expensive.... =D

obachan said...

Hi Miguel,
Now we even have "aroe & muscat" flavored cocktail drink here. It's a drink made by mixing vodka, soda(?), muscat juice and aroe (I think, but not 100% sure).

Mark Nel said...

I wanted to know if aloe is safe to drink over a long period of time if I am drinking 2-4 oz per day. Also, is it best to cycle on and off?

jasmine said...

to me it looks like a syrup.. but it has lots n lots of benefits.. evn i was unaware of it until i read this an article on it. it has helped me a lot, i hope it helps you too..

Aloe Vera