Iceplant

$ 4.00 

Iceplant
Iceplant
Iceplant
Iceplant
Iceplant
Iceplant

Iceplant
Mesembryanthemum Crstallinum

days to maturity: 50 days
plant spacing: 1 square foot
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: root rot from too much moisture
harvest notes: harvest flowering tips in clusters which will promote branching
annual

A bed of Iceplant is oddly reminiscent of an undersea stand of sea anemones, glistening in the sun and wave filtered water. The glistening, succulent leaves are covered in tiny clear crystals and are surprisingly edible. The leaves and stems are crunchy, juicy and salty! The crushed leaves also make a natural lather and have been used as a soap substitute. At one time the leaves were used to treat scurvy on long voyages, which explains its occurrence worldwide, seeds being present in soil dropped by ships in ballast dumps. Native to southern and western Africa. The plants also take up salt and have been used in bioremediation. Tolerates poor soils but does not tolerate overwatering or poorly draining soils, as it is a succulent desert/ beach plant. This is definitely a culinary oddity, prized by chefs and chefs farmers and maybe isn’t for everyone…