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I'm talking about the delicious drinks like PurAloe that contain liquid and numerous chewable bubbles of pulp. You really have to and do chew the bubbles. So is it possible that one should follow the usual rules for soup and make a separate bracha (HaAdama?) on the solids? That it would be difficult to separate the parts seems to me only a reason to avoid the drink, not to make a less-than-ideal bracha on it.

I don't know if bubble tea is ever kosher--maybe in Israel--but I'd also wonder about the bracha on that.

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    I've never had this drink before. Is it like orange juice with pulp? – Double AA Dec 29 '16 at 18:18
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    the question is good. Is there people who eat Aloe Vera in other circumstances? – kouty Dec 29 '16 at 18:32
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    For other readers - I gather the motive behind @kouty's question is based on a general rule that if it is uncommon for people in an area to eat a raw fruit or vegetable, then the bracha on it is shehakol. E.g., in the U.S., if you eat raw chili peppers, the bracha would be shehakol. In India, where eating raw chilis is quite common, from what I understand, you might be saying ha'etz. – DanF Dec 29 '16 at 19:11
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    It's popular more among the hispanic crowd, but yes, people DO consume aloe vera... – Isaac Kotlicky Dec 30 '16 at 12:16
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    One easy way to largely narrow down the possibility, SAH. Buy a bottle and see if the "pulp" pieces look anything like the plant itself. (if you're not sure, you can find strips of fresh aloe plant in numerous NYC area produce market, esp. in Hispanic areas. Buy one and open it up to extract the sap so you get an idea.) If it doesn't (which I suspect that it doesn't), then it's most likely shehakol. – DanF Dec 30 '16 at 17:46

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