The Aloe vera plant can be recognized by its triangular leaves, that have serrated edges and a fleshy texture that is pliable. The inner flesh of the leaf is where you will find the medicinal aloe, that has a jelly-like consistency and is somewhat translucent. Meaning "shining bitter substance" in Arabic, the Aloe plant has been consumed and applied topically for thousands of years. Aloe vera juice has an astringent flavor that it mildly bitter with a refreshing aftertaste.
Aloe vera grows in arid and sub-tropical climates year-round.