Did you know that you can eat different flowers? This only proves that flowers are not just for decorations only. But not all flowers are edible. There are still others which aren’t. That’s why you still need to make sure that you are eating the right flowers. Another thing which you need to think about is that, some flowers are contaminated with harmful pesticides and chemicals. So, it is still better to sure and to be safe.
The Benefits of Eating Flowers:
It contains nutrients which are good for your health.
There are some of them which contain antioxidants. These antioxidants are good for the cells. Some of them also have anti inflammatory properties. Vitamin A, B3, C and E as well as folic acid can be found from these edible flowers.
It is accessible.
Like vegetables, you can plant these edible flowers in your garden. Just see to it that you will take care of them from the day you will plant them up to the day you will harvest. In this manner, you will ensure that there are no contaminations, chemicals, or pesticides added to your flowers. Thus, they are safe to be eaten. Never eat these flowers from streets or from places which you are not sure of. Always think of your safety.
It costs less.
You don’t have to buy these flowers. By having them in your garden, you don’t have to pay for food. Just think of how much you will be able to save in this way.
Let’s now go to the different kinds of edible flowers:
These flowers contain antioxidants, flavonoids, more beta carotene than broccoli, lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin. They’re also a rich source of vitamins, including folic acid, riboflavin, pyroxidine, niacin, and vitamins E and C. You should pick them when they are still young so that they won’t get bitter. You can eat them raw or steam. You can also combine them with rice or with salad. It is much better to add honey.
Carnation or Dianthus
These flowers are not only beautiful with their pink color. You can eat the petals because they really taste sweet. In fact, they are widely used as candy or as decorations for cakes, particularly wedding cakes. The taste is like clove or nutmeg. They can also add spice and color to any salad.
They have gold color which adds attraction to any dishes. They have spicy taste. Others said that they have citrus-like flavor. In fact, they are also used to treat dry skin. To be in particular, its oil is used.
Rose petals are not only lovely and good as gifts to your loved ones. They are also edible. In fact, they are rich in bioflavonoids and antioxidants, and vitamins A, B3, C and E. They are also included in desserts and cakes.
I love lavender. They have beautiful flowers and sweet aromas. I didn’t know that they are also edible. Some of them are used as oatmeal. It has vitamin A, calcium and iron, and is said to benefit your central nervous system.