It’s truly amazing how many flowers can be added to food either to add flavor or as colorful decoration. Some flowers even have medicinal benefits. The list starts with roses, a rich source of vitamins, hibiscus, used to brew tea, and marigolds also used for tea. And there are twenty-two more including mint and banana blossom. I came across this list on the Times of India website.

Flowers can be used as an essential ingredient in a recipe, seasoning for a dish, or simply as a garnish. The thought of eating flowers seems a little strange at first, but you get used to it. Here’s a list of some flowers that you may know, but never thought you could eat.

1. Roses

Edible Flowers Health Benefits
via Pinterest
The king of flowers has a special place in traditional Indian and Chinese medicines. Roses contain phenolics, which are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. A rich source of vitamins, they help reduce the risk of heart diseases, cancer and diabetes. Looks like they?re the king of healing too!

2. Hibiscus

Edible Flowers Health Benefits
via Sanuraweathers
Often used as a salad garnish, hibiscus or shoe flowers are also used to brew tea. Known to contain anthocyanins and antioxidants, they lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

3. Marigolds

Edible Flowers Health Benefits
via Thisamazingheart
Popularly known as genda phool in India, marigolds are used by the Chinese to make tea. The flower is also used topically to heal wounds. It is loaded with the pigment lutein, which is known as the eye vitamin because it helps keep eye diseases at bay.

See the other 22 at Times of India
Image source: ?Punmiris

1 Comment

Comments are closed.