- Carpobrotus edulis has a good, balanced nutritional profile.
- The succulent leaves are a strong antioxidant.
- They can be pickled but can be astringent if harvested incorrectly.
- The juice is antiseptic.
- Hottentot fig has been shown to have anti-neuronflammatory properties, and may add to the improvement of cognitive functions.
- The fruit has a sourish taste.
- Eaten raw, preserved, dried and as a jam.
- It also makes an extraordinary syrup.
- In South Africa, where it is native, the dried fruits are sold in markets as food.
- Fruits are best when they feel like they are going over.
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