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Flowers You Should Eat for Your Health

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about interesting things.

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Even if the information is not put to personal use, perhaps it will give people an edge when they hear questions about the topics on trivia game shows.

This particular article is about eating flowers because some kinds of flowers will make you healthier.

Flower Power

Almost everyone loves flowers. They love receiving them, and it brings a smile to their faces when they receive flowers on holidays, their birthday and on other special occasions.

Flowers beautify our surroundings with color. They also make our surroundings smell good with their fragrances.

We have seen petals on dishes in restaurants, but most people assume they are just there to make the dish a pretty presentation. A study published by the Institute of Food Technologists lets us know that some edible flowers have health benefits because of their high levels of antioxidants that may prevent heart disease and certain cancers.

If it is hard to believe you can eat flowers. Perhaps it is better not to think of them only as a main dish cooked in a pot like green and leafy vegetables such as collard greens, kale, spinach, or cabbage. Instead, think of flower blossoms sprinkled on a dish, a salad, in soups, or blossoms as colorful garnishes on desserts and in beverages.

There are many others, but here is an alphabetical list of a few flowers that you probably didn't know you can and should eat.

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Chrysanthemums

You probably know chrysanthemums are also known as just mums. What you might not know is that they are rich with vitamin A, B6, C, and a variety of minerals.

The beautiful flower is slightly peppery and tastes like mild cauliflowers. Use the flower petals to flavor stews, soups, and stir-fries. Use the petals to enhance your next cup of tea or another beverage.

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Hibiscuses

Hibiscuses are often used as a garnish in salads, but you can also use the flower in other dishes. The colorful hibiscus can be brewed in your tea. Its flavor will remind you of cranberries and citrus. Consuming hibiscus is believed to control cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

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Honeysuckles

For centuries, honeysuckles have traditionally been used in Chinese medicine to treat fevers and inflammation as well as being used as a skin tonic.

Besides being used for medicinal purposes, honeysuckles have a sweet honey flavor. They can be used to make jams, jellies, syrups, and puddings. However, one of the best ways to enjoy honeysuckles is to make tea out of its flowers.

Be careful not to eat honeysuckle berries because they are highly poisonous. Also, be careful of the bees when gathering your honeysuckles.

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Lavenders

Lavenders are beautiful and have a sweet fragrance. The flowers are rich in essential oils that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender is usually candied, but it can be added to almost any sweet and savory dish, including ice creams, sorbets, and other desserts. Garnish a glass of champagne with lavenders.

If you want to eat lavender and none is available, use drops of lavender essential into your food.

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Marigolds

You know marigolds are beautiful to look at, but they are also healthy to eat. They contain vitamin C and are beneficial for reducing inflammation and healing injured skin.

Eat only the petals because the other parts of the flower are not edible. The flavors of the petals of some marigolds are spicy, tangy, and peppery. The best tasting is the signet marigold because of its citrus flavor.

Marigolds go well with scrambled eggs, rice, soups, and pasta. Sprinkle marigold petals on top of desserts, especially those that have already been topped with cream cheese, whipped cream, or frosting.

Eat only marigold petals because the other parts of the flower are not edible.

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Nasturtiums

Some people are not familiar with nasturtiums even though they are the most popular edible flowers with plenty of health benefits. All nasturtiums are edible and loaded with high levels of vitamin C. For that reason, they are good for improving the immune system, soothing sore throats, coughs, and colds. They also lower the risk of bacterial and fungal infections.

Nasturtiums are not only beautiful with colored blossoms, but they also have a sweet and slightly spicy flavor similar to watercress. They are so versatile that they can be eaten whole, used in salads, wraps, dips, chili, guacamolé, pizza, spaghetti sauce, pasta, and other dishes. Whether you eat them or not, use the pretty blossoms as a garnish in dishes and beverages.

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Pansies

All parts of pansies are good to eat. They are high in potassium and other minerals. Eat them for a healthy heart, kidneys, and a good blood pressure rate.

Pansies are excellent to be used as garnishes in vegetable salads, fruit salads, soups, and even in desserts and beverages. Decorate hors d’oeuvres for your guests by spreading cream cheese on plain crackers and top them with a whole pansy. They will be a good conversation piece at the party, but don't be offended if your guests leave the pansies on their plate.

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Roses

Roses are very popular flowers. They come in several colors: red, pink, yellow, purple, and orange. All roses are edible no matter what color they are. The darker the rose, the more pronounced the flavor. Roses are very high in vitamin C.

Rose blossoms can be used in many main dishes, including pasta, soup, stew, jams, jelly, homemade bread, and muffins. Roses are beautiful garnishes on desserts and in beverages.

According to researchers, consuming roses could help with diabetes and heart disease. Use rose petals to make jam, syrup, and salad dressing. Also, enhance your tea and other beverages with rose petals

Eat only the petals, but never eat the white, bitter base of roses.

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Sunflowers

Many people eat sunflower seeds as a snack. They are a good source of protein and vitamins. So, why stop at eating only the seeds? You can and should eat the flower for the same reasons. Like the seeds, sunflower blossoms taste like mild artichokes.

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Violets

Violet flowers and leaves contain vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other phytochemicals. They have anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. Sweet violets have been used for thousands of years in salads and as garnishes for desserts. They can be made into jelly, vinegar, and fermented into a sweet wine. Freeze violets into ice cubes and put use them as decoration in beverages.

Know that African violets are not true violets and no parts of them should be eaten.

Warnings

If you decide to eat flowers, consider the following warnings.

  • Buy only flowers you are absolutely sure they are 100 percent safe to eat.
  • Purchase flowers from organic farms and organic grocery stores.
  • Grow flowers that are safe to eat in your own garden.
  • Do now eat or decorate with wild flowers that grow along roads or in public parks.
  • Do not eat flowers purchased from florists or garden centers because they are have probably been treated with pesticides.
  • To be on the safe side, eat flowers you have selected yourself instead of using those you receive as a gift. The giver might not have been as careful as you would be yourself.

Source

Flower Power: Eat Some Blossoms for a Healthier You

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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