Casita Verde’s Aloe Vera & Mint Lemonade

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We landed in Ibiza on a hot and sunny Sunday morning. After getting our car, and finding the house we were staying at, road names don’t really exist in the north of the island so you have to look out for different coloured rocks painted by the homeowners as indicators to turn down dirt tracks, we made our way to Casita Verde. Along more dirt tracks we went, following green hearts, which eventually lead us to this beautiful permaculture farm.

Casita Verde has been running for the past 20 years or so and every Sunday they open their doors and hearts to the public. You pay a small lifetime membership fee which includes the cost of your delicious vegan lunch. We had black beans, brown rice & pumpkin risotto, tomato salad, raw courgette and sprouted mung bean salad with some delicious wholewheat pumpkin seed bread, all made in house by the lovely volunteers that help run the place.

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There was a couple singing up on stage as we enjoyed our lunch under the shade of the trees. We needed something to quench our thirst so I bought an aloe vera & mint lemonade, one of their specialties, and it blew us away! I had tried aloe vera drinks in the past but this was completely different, I actually enjoyed it, and went for seconds. This again was all made in house using their own aloe vera, mint and lemons, and they had the recipe up on the wall so I took a photo as a reminder. After lunch you get a tour of the farm and they explain in detail what it is they do and how. Definitely a great place to visit when in Ibiza, and a wonderful example of how we can live and work in harmony with nature.

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Aloe vera is great for digestion, helps support the immune system, works wonders for your hair and nails, and has antibacterial properties and contains antioxidants. If applied topically the gel is great for acne and sunburn, all in all a good plant to have in your garden!

Here’s the recipe:

1 medium aloe vera leaf
2 medium lemons, juiced
2 heaped tablespoons raw honey
1 litre water
1 big handful of fresh mint

IMG_1571Clean the aloe vera leaf by removing the spiky edges with a sharp knife. Clean the knife with water afterwards as this eliminates the bitter taste.

Cut the top of the skin off the leaf, going from the base to the tip, making sure you rinse the knife if you touch the outside of the skin. Remove the jelly by cutting it off the bottom skin, you will be left with a fillet of aloe vera. Dispose of the skin.

IMG_1564Give the jelly a quick rinse and add to a blender along with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey if needed. Serve chilled with ice, enjoy!

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