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.