Health Benefits of Edible Flowers

By Carolin 

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Flowers in your salad is not only very pretty it can also give your food a health boost.

Dr Jim Duke is a famous ethnobotanist. He was recently featured in the Daily Health News letter with these great ideas on edible flowers. Make sure to pick the right once though we don’t want you to add a non-edible flower to your salad.

  • Violets, kin of the vivid Johnny-Jump-Up, add a grassy flavor to garnishes and desserts. These are a good source of rutin, believed to reduce capillary fragility.
  • Squash blossoms contain Vitamin A precursor carotenoids.
  • Borage, which hints at cucumber, is good in . It should be used sparingly, but can be helpful when you have a cold or cough.
  • Lavender petals taste sweet and contain chemicals thought to benefit the central nervous system.
  • Roses have a sweet, astringent flavor. Rose petals are rich in antioxidant-like polyphenols that may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Different colors have different bioactive pigments — and white has the least. Eccleston cautioned against eating the ones you buy in stores as they are grown with chemicals and dipped in fungicide.
  • Nasturtiums, lemon gem marigold and calendula (petals only) are all delicious in salads, each bringing its distinct earthy flavor and color to the table, so to speak. The orange calendula (marigold) petals contain lycopene and other cancer-fighting nutrients, while the yellow ones are rich in lutein, which is good for the eyes.
  • Daylilies contain Vitamin B and chemicals associated with reduced risk of heart disorders.
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5 Responses to “Health Benefits of Edible Flowers”

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  2. naz from Sleepmasters Blog on September 23rd, 2010 4:45 am

    Thank you for this post. Earlier I had no idea that flowers can be part of a diet as well. Last year when I visited a friend, I was offered a very tasty dish (deep fried vegetable fritters). I later found that the deep fried fritters contained some edible flower as well. I was quite pleasantly surprised.
    .-= naz@Sleepmasters Blog´s last blog ..10 top sleep tips for restful nights =-.

  3. paul from flowers by post on November 4th, 2010 7:05 am

    Edible plants are one of mother natures medicines. Alot of natural goodness. There are also alot of plants which will have the opposite effect and really can make you very ill.

  4. suave smooth on December 14th, 2010 1:02 pm

    yes when your dog has a stomach ache the dog will eat some grass and throw up.
    .-= suave smooth´s last blog ..Suave Smooth =-.

  5. Carolin on December 19th, 2010 4:52 pm


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