Flowers That You Can Eat!
NewsBytes
Jun 5, 2021

There are some common flowers that are easy to grow and excellent for consumption. See the video to know more.

When it comes to flowers, not all types are edible and some may even turn out to be poisonous.Some flowers have a lot of health benefits while some are used in food / beverages only for flavour and aroma  Edible flowers are best for consumption when grown in your own garden as it also prevents the risk of eating flowers that are sprayed with insecticides and other harmful chemicals.

Here are some common flowers that are easy to grow and excellent for consumption.

Rose:

Gulkand is a sweet rose petal preserve. It can be consumed by diabetics as well. It can be store-bought or made at home. [Box 03 You can also store this and add it to your glass of milk. Moreover, the internet has a host of rose petal delicacies ranging like cakes and pies that you can try.

Banana blossoms:

Banana flowers are loaded with fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, and iron, and other nutrients. They are excellent antioxidants and antidepressants and can prevent anemia. Studies suggest they can improve milk supply in breastfeeding mothers.

Moringa / Drumstick:

While moringa or drumsticks are frequently used in sambar and other curries, its flower too is flavorful, nutritious, and can be used in cooking. A quick moringa flower stir fry can be easily made using mustard seeds, cumin seeds, onion, green chillies, and some spices. Moringa flower fritters can be made in less than 15 minutes.

Jasmine:

You can make jasmine flavoured basmati rice. Boil four cups of water with salt. Add soaked basmati rice. Put jasmine flowers in a small bag and add it to water. Remove the bag and drain the water when the rice is half done.Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onion, capsicum, and saute. Add rice and spring onion greens. Cover and cook till the rice is cooked. 

Hibiscus:

You can make delicious hot and cold beverages from hibiscus. 

For hibiscus tea, boil water and add dried hibiscus flowers. Let it steep for five minutes. Strain the tea and top off with a teaspoon of honey.

For hibiscus iced tea, make a concoction from cinnamon, ginger, orange zest, and sugar. Add the dried hibiscus flowers and let it steep. Strain the mixture after 10 minutes. Chill it and serve in ice-filled glasses.