Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Ice-plant (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum), a native of South Africa, the Canaries, and Greece, so 'named from the water-containing glands, resembling particles of ice, with which the trailing, fleshy stem and the leaves of the plant are studded. These glands also feel cool, so that the plant is often used as el garnish to dessert dishes. Large quantities are burnt in the Canaries, the ashes being exported to Spain for glass-making.