Edible Flowers for Health!

Some Edible Flowers for Health Benefits!

Flowers are best known for decorations, as gifts and just to enjoy looking at. Using Edible Flowers for decoration on a meal can help create an appetizing meal that not only looks beautiful but also tastes wonderful.

Chefs all over the world use Edible fresh flowers in different styles of cuisine.

Not all flowers are safe to eat, but those that are can offer a unique burst of flavor and color to many dishes, including salads, sauces, beverages and entrées. Some of them may even offer health benefits. What are some edible flowers you might like to try?  Leave a comment below to tell us.

Here are some edible flowers that may offer health benefits.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus plants are known for their large, ornate blossoms. They are usually grown in tropical and subtropical areas around the world.

Hibiscus

One popular variety to eat is Roselle or Hibiscus sabdariffa. Their are many varieties of Hibiscus. With colors ranging from several shades of pink, red, yellow, and white.

Recipes using Hibiscus include salads, jams, and teas.

Hibiscus teas are known for their medicinal properties in many cultures. Hibiscus may help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The tea is tart, somewhat sour and has a red color. The tea is very refreshing in summer on hot days served over ice but, can be severed hot as well.

Dandelion

Dandelion
You though it was a weed!

Most see these as pesky weeds in the spring that multiplies like crazy. Dandelions are also one of our edible flowers that are highly nutritious. They are full of powerful antioxidants that are very good for your system

Have you ever heard of Dandelion wine? Yes they can be made into wine as well as many other dishes. The flower part can be breaded or fried, you can toss them in a salad or make jelly with them.

You can use the roots to make tea. The greens can be consumed raw in salads, or as a sandwich topping and can also be cooked into stews or casseroles.

Lavender

Lavender
Pretty and Edible

Lavender is are small violet flowers and are probably known best for the calming effect the scent gives you. It is a woody floral herb. They are plentiful and originally grown in the Mediterranean and parts of northern Africa.

With Lavenders scent and color this flower is a favorite addition to many foods. Hot tea with lavender before bed will help calm you for sleep. It can be used in many baked goods, added to syrup, and liqueurs.

When cooking with Lavender start with a very small amount and increase slowly because it can become overpowering very quickly. It goes well with both savory, and sweet ingredients.

 

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle
So Sweet!

Almost 200 honeysuckle species exist, but the most common are the Japanese and woodbine varieties. Honeysuckle blossoms hold nectar that can be eaten directly from the flower. The fragrant blossoms, are usually light yellow or white. Their are several hundred varieties of honeysuckle in the world with the most common being Woodbine and Japanese.

In the culinary world honeysuckle is often used to make tea or a flavorful syrup. Honeysuckle can also be used to sweeten products like yogurt, sorbet, ice tea, and lemonade or even replace the sugar in a quick bread recipe with Honeysuckle.

Exacts from Honeysuckle can help with inflammatory conditions. The honeysuckle flower and its nectar are perfectly safe to eat. However, the berries on some varieties can be toxic if consumed in large quantities.

Honeysuckle has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries as a vital part of their practices.

Nasturtium

Nasturtium with its savory flavor and brightly colored blossoms is a favorite among the culinary industry.

Nasturtium

Nasturtium are usually bright orange, red, or yellow and their petals resemble a small lilly pad. Their taste is said to be slightly spicy, and peppery. The blossoms are milder tasting than the leaves.

The leaves and flowers of Nasturtium can be enjoyed raw or cooked.

Cakes, pastries, and salads look very appetizing garnished with Nasturtium. Not only the look of Nasturtium but the flower itself is good for you and your health.

 

Borage

Borage
Starflower

Borage, also known as starflower, have blossoms that are most likely blue but may also come in pink or white. It is a herb that, has star-shaped flowers.

If you have a sore throat or cough you can try borage as a minor ailment treatment.

Borage is said to have a sweet flavor that resembles honey and cucumber. Like many of the edible flowers you can eat both the flower and leaves. Borage can be used as a stand along vegetable side dish.

Starflower has many ways to be used in the culinary world. Add them to flavor a salad or as a garnish for desserts and cocktails. Add them to your favorite soups, sauces and even in fillings for stuffed pasta.

Love Purslane

Purslane is in the category known as succulents. It produces tiny, yellow flowers and thick, fleshy leaves. The leaves and Purslaneflowers of Purslane can be eaten raw or cooked.

Purslane is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It’s also, contains more omega-3 fat than any other vegetable of its kind which is a plus for your nutritional needs it is very rich in nutrients.

Purslane flowers and leaves can be served raw in salads and sandwiches. You can also add it to soups, to sauteed or steamed with other vegetables as a side dish to add flavor. You may even consider trying this plant battered and fried.

Rose

Roses come in various sizes and colors. There are over 150 species of roses and all of them are edible but not all of them taste the same. So will need to use your smell test to see if you think it will taste good. Rose petals are the only part of this flower that you will want to eat.

Rose

Roses petals can be eaten raw, muddled and added to liquid to provide a nice smelling beverage. They have a very aromatic, floral and slightly sweet flavor.

Mix them into various fruit or green salads. You can also dry them and add to granola or mixed herbs. Mix chopped rose petals to butter or sugar to give it a special flavor.

 

Squash Blossom

When, you grow your summer squash try eating the blossoms they are just as edible as the squash itself. Zucchini is the most popular blossom to consume.

The male blossoms are the ones to eat because they do not produce a zucchini. Male blossoms have a long narrow stem and tend to grow on the outer edges of the plant. Only female blossoms will produce a squash.

Squash Blossom

The Zucchini blossoms are bright yellow with a long, rounded bell shape and can be eaten raw, .

Squash Blossoms can be eaten raw. Use them to garnish salads or you can stuff the blossoms with cheese and herbs and bake until the petals are crispy.

 

 

Pansy

Pansies are beautiful to look at and good to eat.

Pansy

Panies come in many colors but different shades of purple, blue and yellow are the most common. Their flavor is lightly floral, fresh and mild. Pansy texture is soft with five overlapping petals and a dark area in the center.

With all the different colors that panies come in they are excellent to use as embellishment for cakes, cookies, and pastries as well as many other desserts. You can even candy the petals. Chopped petals will add color to your salads and also give them a floral scent.

Their are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties found in Panies to help keep your body healthy.

 

Chamomile

Chamomile has been used in ancient history for stomach ailments, anxiety, and even as a mild sedative. Their oils are used in many products today.

Chamomile

Chamomile has a sweet earthy flavor. Known best for their use in tea, buying organic pure tea leaves when possible will give you the most benefits. They can also be used to make syrups, which can than be used in smoothies, baked goods, or desserts. A good amount of recipes call for heating the flowers in a liquid to extract their flavors. The leaves and flowers are also used dried.

Within this article are some Edible Flowers why not give them a try.  What do you have to lose?  They are all natural and good for your health.  What are the edible flowers you might like to have presented in your food?

With the variety of Edible Flowers for many meal and chef’s creations why not give them a try.  What do you have to lose?  They are all natural and good for your health.  You could even grow your own take a look at an indoor growing unit that you can use to do just that.

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