Edible Flowers, Origin Stories And Their Health Benefits (Asia Edition)

1. Shangri-La Rose (China) Shangri-La Rose edible flowers asia the qi

In China, roses symbolize longevity and luck, and are known as the eternal spring flower. The flower is commonly given during graduations, and birthdays as gifts. Some health benefits of Roses are that they help with weight loss, hydrate the body, are full of antioxidants, alleviate menstrual pain, and decrease skin irritation. 


2.Chrysanthemum (China) chrysanthemum asia edible flowers the qi Chrysanthemums symbolizes loyalty, joy, longevity and love. This blooming flower has been in China for over 3,000 years, and October is symbolized by Chrysanthemums. Health benefits of Chrysanthemums are they: improve vision, help bone health, reduce skin irritation, lower blood pressure and help prevent heart disease.   

3.Lotus (India)lotus asia edible flowers The lotus flower is an aquatic flower, it is a symbol of purity and is the national flower of India. Lotus flowers are known for their beauty, economic value as they are completely edible and have healing properties. The health benefits from this blooming flower are they lower cholesterol and blood sugar, help prevent acne breakouts, have antioxidants, contain anti-inflammatory properties, soothe throat irritation, and are packed with Vitamin C and Potassium.


4.Jasmine (India)jasmine flower asia edible flowers Jasmine is a symbol of beauty, love and prosperity. The white petals symbolize purity. Jasmine is full of antioxidants, helps with weight loss, protects the heart from heart disease, creates good oral health, improves memory, and makes you feel more alert and energized without having caffeine. 

5.Hibiscus (China, Japan)hibiscus flower asia edible flowers Hibiscus originated in Asia. Hibiscus symbolizes fame, glory and wealth. In Japan hibiscus symbolizes being gentle. Hibiscuses originated in Asia, however its exact location of origin in Asia is unknown. This blooming flower helps with weight loss, lowers blood pressure, decreases blood fat levels, helps liver health, and can help fight bacteria. 


6.Japanese Honeysuckle (Japan, Korea)japanese honeysuckle asia edible flowers Honeysuckle symbolizes happiness, and affection. Honeysuckle originated in Japan and Korea. Honeysuckle is beneficial to ease digestive disorders, can help treat urinary infections, alleviate headaches and help control diabetes. This blooming flower can be used for ornamental purposes, however it can be invasive, meaning it can engulf small trees and shrubs by blocking their access to light. 

7.Daylily (China) daylily asia edible flowers In China, daylilies symbolize forgetfulness, and forgetting one’s worries. They are gifted to people who are going through a difficult time, and symbolize moving on to better times. Daylilies are popular in Asian cuisines, and can be eaten dried or fresh. All parts of the daylily flower are edible. The taste of this flower is similar to the taste of onions. Some health benefits of this blooming flower are they can help regulate irregular menstruation, have laxative qualities, help reduce fevers, promote relaxation and combat insomnia. 

8.Orchids (Philippines)orchids edible flowers asia Orchids symbolize love, devotion, fertility and beauty. Orchids can taste spicy, bitter, tangy or peppery. This blooming flower's taste is similar to the taste of saffron. Health benefits of orchids are they help de-stress, maintain oral and bone health, promote healthy digestive function and have anti-aging properties for skin. Orchids can be consumed by being tossed in salads, a part of sauces and added to confectionary. 

9.Peonies (China)peonies edible flowers asia Peonies symbolize honor, riches, prosperity and romance. They represent a happy marriage, and good fortune. Peonies can be dated back to existing in the gardens of China during 1000 BC. Some medicinal benefits of peonies are they help treat headaches, aid with asthma, alleviate pain from childbirth, decrease inflammation and lower fever. 

10.Cherry Blossoms (Japanese)cherry blossoms edible flowers asia Cherry Blossoms symbolize spring. The flower has a sweet, subtle smell, with a sweet taste. Cherry blossoms are the national flower of Japan. The flower, and its leaves are both edible, and commonly eaten in Japan, where the flower is pickled or used as a part of confectionery. The blooming flower is high in antioxidants, contains essential fatty acids for smooth skin, promotes collagen formation to help against anti-aging, and has anti-inflammatory properties for the skin.

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