In today’s fast-paced, over-processed world, we forget that once upon a time families did not head to the local supermarket for their weekly supplies. They grew most of what they needed, and that often included food to eat; materials to make clothes, furniture and homes; medications and tea. What they couldn’t grow, make or breed they either did without, or had to wait until they could travel to town to buy or barter something in return.
Somewhere along we way we have lost many of those skills and much of that knowledge, believing that the only place we can get what we need is from the local shopping centre. And yet, probably growing in our own backyards are a variety of plants and flowers which we could safely consume, and possibly even enjoy a better state of health because of it. Providing you have no allergies, you have personally grown the flowers, and are careful in regards to what fertilizers and pesticides/insecticides you use on them, there are a wide variety of flowers which can be safely used in your kitchen and which will add some lovely aroma, colour and flavours to your food and drinks. But you should only ever consume flowers you know are edible, only those parts of the plant which you know are safe to eat, and that will not impact any current medical conditions you may have.
Some of the best-known edible flowers include:
- Nasturtiums can add a spicy flavour or be pickled
- Angelica gives food a lovely licorice flavour
- Begonias add a type of citrus taste to foods and some have even used it in place of rhubarb
- Daisies are lovely to look at and are wonderful in salads and sandwiches
- Marigolds can vary in taste from bitter to peppery, and are often used in rice and pasta dishes
- Roses are well known in tea, desserts and cakes
- Carnations are quite sweet and can be used in a variety of dishes.
Many flowers can be picked and sprinkled in soups, on salads or deep-fried. They can be used for a refreshing cup of tea or as a sweet garnish in dessert. Or how about in pizza dough or ice cream! Perhaps the only thing stopping you is your imagination. Why don’t you check out some flowers this week in your kitchen, and drop us a comment below with your results. And please, as mentioned if you are considering eating any flowers, for the first time, please seek professional advice.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling life.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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DISCLAIMER: This article is written for informational purposes only and is based on Christine and Trevor’s own life experiences. No food featured on this site should ever be consumed or handled if known or suspected allergies exist. Nothing featured here should be taken as medical, professional or legal advice. It is always recommended that you consult the appropriate professional before changing any routine or adopting any new procedure.