Succulents are easy to grow, and they look good as well, indoors or outdoors. But do you know there are Succulents You Can Eat? Learn about these edible succulents in this post.
USDA Zones: *Can be grown everywhere as an outdoor or indoor plant
Many plants from the aloe genus have topical uses. However, certain varieties, like the Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) can also be considered as edible succulents.
How to Grow: Provide a warm and dry environment with maximum drainage and air circulation.
How to Eat: Remove the outer peel to get its gel. Check out this Wikihow article to learn more.
- Balances gastric pH
- Promotes normal bowel movement
- Takes care of liver function
- Hydrates the body
To learn about more aloe vera health benefits, check out our article here!
2. Prickly Pear Cactus
USDA Zone: 8-11
The prickly pear cactus is an ornamental plant that is known for its juicy-edible fruits. It flaunts whimsical pads interspersed among bright, showy flowers.
How to Grow: Check out our prickly pear growing guide here to learn more.
How to Eat: Peel and savor the fleshy fruit inside. Grill the flesh or eat it raw.
- Contains vitamin C and beta-carotene that prevent inflammation and boost vision
- Contains micronutrients that empower digestive function
- Protects against blood conditions and heart ailments
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USDA Zone: 3-11
The ever-forgiving sedum thrives best in neglect. It grows vigorously, and its vibrant, water-storing leaves take little to last, making this plant a rewarding choice for busy plant growers. The best part is all the sedum species are edible, but the yellow flowering sedums must not be eaten raw without cooking.
Must check out this informative article to learn about sedum varieties you can eat.
How to Grow: Amount of sunlight depends on the variety. Don’t fertilize or water frequently; less is more
How to Eat: The young leaves and stems have a slight peppery taste, some varieties are mildly bitter, which can be reduced after stir-frying. Eat them raw in salads or stir-frys or soups. Eating sedum in large quantity may cause stomach upset, so consume it in moderation.
- Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
- Reduces coughing
- Kills digestive germs
- Has potent laxative properties
4. Saguaro Cactus
USDA Zones: 8-11
Saguaro is a tree-like cactus; its beautiful nocturnal white blossoms are the state flowers of Arizona. Not just for the flowers or the stately and daunting appearance of fully grown saguaro, it’s a part of our succulents you can eat list because of its rare red spiny fruits that are edible and sweet.
How to Grow: Saguaros are really slow growing cactus and you may not be able to grow them for fruits. Check out this article to learn more.
How to eat:
- Add the juicy fruit to dips or bake them as biscuit fillings
- Grill the cactus meat and use as hot dog fillings
- Rich in fiber which makes it good for promoting digestion
- High in B12, and aids the growth of probiotic gut bacteria
5. Dragon Fruit
USDA Zone: 8b-11
The dragon fruit is an edible succulent plant. Its night-blooming flowers are just for show and emit fruity fragrance. The pulpy fruit is full of flavor and a delicious treat for tropical fruit lovers and weight-watchers alike.
How to Grow: Learn everything about growing dragon fruit here.
How to Eat: Cut the fruit in half lengthwise using a sharp spoon. Scoop out the white, fleshy part. Eat it raw or add it to smoothies or salads for a more pleasant taste.
- Rich in antioxidants like polyphenols, anthocyanins, and carotenoids that help counteract free radicals and tone down the severity of chronic ailments
- Aids in weight management and may protect against cancer due to its fiber content
- Promotes the growth of gut bacteria and gut health
- Boosts low iron levels
6. Barrel Cactus
USDA Zone: 9-11
Like saguaro cactus, barrel cactus too can live for more than 100 years. However, the fruit is tart in taste and can be eaten raw or cooked.
How to Grow: Barrel cactus has low watering needs and require a sunny spot to grow. It can also be grown as a houseplant near a south or west facing window.
How to Eat: Surprisingly, many parts of the Barrel Cactus are edible–raw or cooked, right from the seeds to the fruit. The latter is sour though, but the seeds taste good when roasted. Better still, grind them up and add them to your smoothie.
- Enriched with vitamin A, C, E, and antioxidants, it provides relief from inflammation and chronic diseases.
- It promotes tolerance for diabetic complications.
- Enables cognitive awareness and faster recovery from hangovers
USDA Zone: 4-11
This low-growing succulent has an invasive spreading habit, making it a challenge to grow indoors; however, its rich reserve of omega-3-fatty acids makes it worth a try.
How to Grow: Purslane can be grown easily from seeds or root cuttings. Learn how to grow it here.
How to Eat: Stems and leaves are edible and can be eaten raw. Their slight sour taste and chewy texture make a good addition to salads. Cook it with spinach for a protein-packed meal or add to the seeds them to cakes.
- It is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, and C.
- Purslane is great for boosting the health of skin and nails
- It helps in weight management and increases BMR
- It helps in organ detoxification and boosts the immune system
USDA Zone: 9-11
This marsh-loving succulent is a regular at sandy beaches. They have an interesting flavor that is difficult to adapt. Nevertheless, it’s slowly and steadily making its way into grocery stores around the world.
How to Grow: Start seeds on a sunny location and well-drained, sandy soil — water with a solution containing one teaspoon of sea salt in one-pint water.
How to Eat: Seeds and young stems can be eaten raw or stir-fried. Their flavor is similar to asparagus, though slightly fierier. Blanch out leaves to titrate out the sea salt taste.
- Salicornia’s protein content is almost equivalent to spinach, making it a great vegetarian protein supplement.
- It is rich in Iron and Vitamin C, both of which increase iron uptake and resting metabolism
- Presence of high iodine helps protect from thyroid disorders.