COLORS & BENEFITS OF EDIBLE FLOWERS
1. Roses: pink
Roses have a bold fruity flavor similar to apples, and strawberries. Roses contain Vitamin E and D. Roses have anti-inflammatory and anti aging- properties, therefore they are beneficial to soothe, cleanse, and hydrate skin by maintaining pH. Roses are rich in antioxidants, which help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Some ways to include roses in your diet is by having blooming rose tea, rose petal jam, rose water, rose petal honey, and rose petal syrup.
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2. Red Clover: red
Red Clover has a mild sweet note. Some vitamins and minerals in this flower are: calcium, potassium, Vitamin C, magnesium, chromium and phosphorus. Clover is beneficial in helping with women’s menstrual issues, respiratory problems, arthritis, and eczema. Some ways for you to incorporate red clover in your diet: red clover tea, red clover jelly and red clover lemonade.
3. Hibiscus: red
Hibiscus has a tart, citrusy zest. Hibiscus is natural and calorie free, therefore is beneficial for lowering blood pressure, decreasing cholesterol, and lessening chances of obesity. Some recipes with the hibiscus flower are: Hibiscus Flower Enchiladas, and Hibiscus Tea.
1. Blue Lotus: blue
Blue Lotus has a bittersweet flavor. This blooming flower is able to promote collagen generation for glowing skin, help alleviate menstrual cramps and pain, regulate irregular periods and urinary functions. Furthermore, blue lotus helps to relax, combat depression and anxiety. The best ways to include the blue lotus flower in your diet is by having blooming blue lotus tea or blue lotus wine.
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2. Lavender: purple
Lavender is known for its strong fragrant smell, and taste. Lavender tea is able to treat stomach issues, sleep disorders and stress. The flower is most commonly used in aromatherapy, as the fragrance of lavender is able to decrease irritation, and induce relaxation, calmness and mental wellness. Some ways to consume lavender are: lavender tea, lavender shortbread cookies and lavender lemonade.
3. Violets: purple
Violets taste similar to roses, they have an extreme floral sweet note. This flower has calming, and anti-inflammatory properties. The flower is able to bring relief to coughs, colds, digestion system, and blood pressure. Mostly, Violets are a part of dessert recipes such as: Violet Muffins, Violet Flower Cupcakes and Violet Sugar.
1. Chrysanthemum: yellow
The taste of Chrysanthemums varies as some are sweet and mild, while others have a peppery spice. Chrysanthemums can be used to alleviate chest pains, blood pressure, diabetes, colds, fever, sore throat and acne. Furthermore, Chrysanthemums contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, beta carotene and choline which help increase the metabolism. The best way to consume Chrysanthemums is by having Chrysanthemum tea, or adding the flower to salads.
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2. Dandelion: yellow
The taste of dandelion petals are delicate and sweet. This flower has the antioxidant called polyphenols, and beta carotene which is responsible for protecting cells from damage. Furthermore, dandelions can be used as a herbal remedy for relieving constipation. Some recipes of dandelions are: herbal dandelion tea, dandelion flower shortbread cookies, dandelion fritters and dandelion flower jelly.
3. Calendula: yellow
Calendula is an alternative to saffron with peppery zest. Calendula is helpful in treating skin conditions such as eczema, diaper rash, and dermatitis as the flower has anti-inflammatory properties. Ways to incorporate the blooming calendula flower in your diet: calendula tea, lemon calendula scones, calendula blossom and coconut cream, calendula and citrus marmalade, and calendula bread.
4. Squash Blossoms: yellow
Squash blossoms have a mild taste. These flowers are high in calcium, phosphorus, iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Squash Blossoms promote eye health, improve immunity, be a herbal treatment for colds, and help with maintenance of bone/ teeth formation. Ways to try Squash Blossoms: Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms, and Squash Blossom Quesadillas.
1. Honeysuckle: white/yellow
Honeysuckle has a mild soothing taste, which is sweet and fragrant. Honeysuckle can be helpful when seeking headache and nausea relief, improvement in respiratory system, protection against infections, and maintenance of blood sugar levels. Best way to consume honeysuckle is by having honeysuckle tea or honeysuckle blossom jelly.
2. Chamomile: white
Chamomile tastes earthy and bitter. Chamomile has qualities which help regulate sleep, and digestion. Chamomile has an antioxidant called apigenin, which is able to connect with particular receptors in the brain, that induce sleep. Chamomile recipes include: chamomile tea, honey chamomile popsicles, chamomile almond cake, and chamomile lavender tea latte.
3. Jasmine: white
Jasmine has notes of sweet floral, which is a lovely perfumed calming aroma with a sweet finish. The jasmine flower is rich in antioxidants, which helps the function of gastric enzymes in the digestive tract. Therefore, flower aids in relieving abdominal pain, gas, digestion and diarrhea. Recipes which include jasmine flowers are: jasmine flower tea, jasmine poached pear, jasmine spring salad and jasmine tea shortbread cookies.
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1. French Marigolds: orange
Also known as poor man’s saffron, French Marigolds are refreshing, citrusy, and sweet. French Marigolds help with digestive issues such as gas, acid reflux, and stomach cramps. The flower has anti-inflammatory properties, and soothing qualities. These flowers are also used for aromatherapy. Ways to incorporate French Marigolds in your diet: French Marigold Tea, Marigold and Saffron Cookies, and Tortellini in French Marigold Broth.
2. Nasturtiums: orange, red
Nasturtiums have a spicy, peppery taste. This blooming flower has antibacterial qualities. Nasturtiums are a herbal remedy for urinary tract infections, respiratory issues, minor cuts and burns, and bacterial infections. Also, the flower has Vitamin C, and can be helpful in treating colds. Recipes with Nasturtiums are: Nasturtium Salad, Stuffed Nasturtiums and Nasturtium Pesto Pasta.
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