Icy reception

Chefs in the US and Britain have been experimenting with ice plant, and now it's the turn of home cooks. A low-growing succulent, it appears to be covered with tiny frozen droplets, and is served raw. 

The flavour is reminiscent of cucumber, with a peppery finish.Its leaves add a delicate crunch alongside pan-fried fish or grilled haloumi, according to Leon Mugavin of the Leaf Store in Elwood (Melbourne), where ice plant retails for $4.99 for a large tub. The Diggers Club (diggers.com.au) sells seeds for $3.95.