The leaves of the aloe plant (Barbadensis variety) are hand cut at the base of a mature plant. The aloe’s tough, fleshy, spear-like leaves are shipped between 18 and 24 inches long. The clear, thick gel found in the inner part of the leaf is often applied to small wounds and burns. This gel contains substances known as glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins are protein-carbohydrate compounds that speed the healing process by curbing pain and inflammation. Polysaccharides are a type of carbohydrate that stimulates skin growth and repair. It has compounds that are known as anthraquinones that are thought to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract activity.

Nutritional Info

This plant contains over seventy-five nutrients: twenty minerals, eighteen amino acids, twelve vitamins.

Taste: Aloe latex or the yellow juice found between the gel and the outer skin of the leaf has a very bitter taste.

Selection: Leaves should be firm without extensive mold.

Ripening: Aloe leaves are ready for immediate use.

Ethylene Production: None

Ethylene Sensitivity: None

Shelf Life: 3 weeks

Brooks Availability: All year

Brooks Origin: Florida

Storage Temperature: 45-50 °F

Storage Humidity: 85-90%

Restrictions: Entry not permitted in California