Flowers to power your daily diet

Flowers are always known just for their colour and aroma and they are generally used only for decoration and other  aesthetic purposes. Here, we list out a bouquet of flowers that are not just colourful  and aromatic but are also nutritious.  These flowers should definitely be considered a part of your daily diet.

  • Cauliflower is one of the most common edible flowers, even though it is more known as a vegetable.
  • Plantain flowers and onion flowers are also very popular as well as edible. Banana flowers are used in curries and are good in treating tuberculosis and reducing excess heat too.
  • Garlic flowers are cooked and eaten along with bread items
  • Pumpkin and agathi flowers are cooked and eaten even though they are slightly bitter.
  • White hibiscus flowers are used to make tambuli, which is a starter dish in Karnataka.
  • Hibiscus flowers are also used in teas as well as a garnish in many dishes. It is also known to reduce stress.
  • Rose, a popular edible flower, is used to make jams and as a garnish in many Indian sweets.
  • Jasmine is used in cakes and sweet dishes. In dry form it is added to rice dishes to increase aroma. It is also used in teas to reduce stress.
  • Papaya flowers are used in salads and as a side dish along with rice.
  • Drumstick flowers are brewed in tea added in many vegetarian side dishes to be had along with rice or roti. They are used in curries too and are a good aphrodisiac and can keep your eyes in good health.
  • Neem flowers are used in a traditional new year preparation in many parts of India.
  • Saffron is used in desserts and rice. It is a good aphrodisiac and great for one’s complexion.
  • Lotus and rose added to jams and desserts act as blood purifiers and reduce excess heat.
  • Broccoli and cauliflower used in salads and curries are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Cloves used as spice are good for digestive and respiratory diseases.

How to eat?

  • Never eat an uncommon flower. If you are not sure of the flower, don’t eat it.
  • Some flowers should be had only in small quantities. They are safe only that way.
  • Understand and learn about those flowers that are toxic and edible.
  • Flowers from bouquets should never be used as they are full of colours, pesticides and other chemicals.
  • Use only organically- grown flowers or those you have grown yourself.
  • Before using them, immerse the blooms in water to rid them of any dirt or insects.
  • Do not use roadside flowers as they can be polluted with automobile exhaust and animal excreta.
  • Harvest edible flowers in the morning when they are at their peak of colour and the petals are firm.
  • Keep the flowers in water until they are ready to cook.
  • Remove pistils and stamen and use only petals for cooking.

Since you know most about the edible flowers now, don’t hesitate to try it out.

 

 

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