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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 16:05

Edible flowers in food preparation Featured

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Edible flowers are the ideal supplement to the raw food diet.

Besides being used to decorate the garden or any other area, the flowers can also be added to various squeezed juices, green smoothies and other raw delicacies, where they can have a decorative, but also very medicinal role.

Flowers of marigold, cleavers and roses have been used for hundreds of years as a healthy food supplement in many cultures.

These same flowers are most often consumed in raw juices - they do not lose their healing properties and power when prepared in such way.

When picking flowers, it is necessary to pay attention primarily to their organic origins, as flowers should not be eaten if they are treated with any chemical substances. Flowers should be picked at noon - at that time of the day their petals contain the greatest quantity of medicinal juices. It is also important to remember that only a small quantity of flowers should be eaten, because of their concentrated healing properties.

You should always be aware of the fact that not all flowers are edible - you should consult the experts on medicinal plants before picking flowers, and find out about the substances and the characteristics of individual species, so that you do not pick and consume poisonous flowers.


List of edible flowers*

Anise hyssop Apple blossom Artichoke
Arugula Cornflower Banana blossom
Basil Wild bergamot Borage
Calendula Carnation Chamomile
Chicory Chives Chrysanthemum
Coriander Citrus blossoms Clover
Dandelion Day Lily Dill
Elder Daisy Fennel
Freesia Fuchsia Gardenia
Garlic Geranium Gladiolus
Hibiscus Hollyhock Honeysuckles
Lovage Impatiens Jasmine
Heartsease Lavander Lemon verbena
Lilac Linden Marigold
Marjoram Mint Mustard
Watercress Oregano Okra
Onion Orange blossom Passion flowers
Pear blossom Pineapple sage Early primrose
Radish Red clover Judas tree
Rose Rosemary Rose of Sharon
Runner bean Safflower Sage
Summer savory Pelargonium Snapdragon
Tulbaghia (Society garlic) Zucchini flower Sunflower
Liquorice Sweet william Thyme
Begonia tuberhybrida Tulip Violer

List of poisonous flowers*

Incomplete list of flowers, which cannot be used in the kitchen since they are not edible, or are even poisonous.

Aconitum (Monkshood) Anemone Anthurium
Zephyranthes atamasco(Atamasco Lily) Colchicum Autumnale (Autumn Crocus) Azalea
Baneberry Melia azedarach (Bead-tree) Atropa belladonna (Belladonna)
Bloodroot Common box (Boxwood) Buttercup
Common Milkweed (Silkweed) Caladium (Heart of Jesus) Zantedeschia (Calla lily, Arum Lily)
Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina jessamine) Castor oil plant Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel)
Hellebore Clematis Narcissus
Zigadenus (Sandbog Death Camas) Delphinium (Larkspur) Dieffenbachia (Mother-in-law)
Colocasia esculenta (Elephant Ear) Veratrum viride (False Hellebore) Mirabilis jalapa (Four o'clock flower)
Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove) Gloriosa Lily Laburnum anagyroides (Common Laburnum)
Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) Nandina domestica (nandina, heavenly bamboo) Hyoscyamus niger (Henbane)
Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse-chestnut) Solanum carolinense (Carolina horsenettle) Hyacinthus (Hyacinth)
Hydrangea (Hortensia) Iris Thevetia peruviana (Yellow oleander)
Ivy Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit) Solanum capsicastrum (Jerusalem Cherry)
Gelsemium sempervirens (Yellow jasmine) Rhodotypos scandens (Jetbead) Datura stramonium (Jimson weed, Datura)
Narcissus (Daffodil) Gymnocladus dioicus (Kentuky Coffeetree) Lantana camara (Lantana)
Convallaria majalis L. (Lily of the Valley) Lobelia erinus (Edging Lobelia, Garden Lobelia) Caltha palustris (Marsh marigold)
Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple) Viscum album (Mistletoe) Convolvulus arvensis (Field bindweed)
Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel) Solanaceae (Nightshade) Aesculus glabra (Ohio buckeye, American buckeye)
Nerium oleander (Oleander) Philodendron Euphorbia pulcherrima (Poinsettia)
Conium maculatum (Hemlock) Potato blossom Ligustrum vulgare (Privet)
Rhododendron Eschscholzia minutiflora (Pygmy poppy) Schefflera
Adonis vernalis (Pheasant's eye, False hellebore) Ornithogalum (Star-of-Bethlehem) Euonymus americanus (Strawberry bush, Bursting-heart)
Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet pea) Tobacco Tomato flowers
Campsis radicans (Trumoet vine, Trumpet creeper) Wahoo, Burning bush Cicuta (Water hemlock)
Prunus avium (Wild cherry) Allamanda cathartica (Golden trumpet Wisteria


*The source of the basic list:

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Helena Malogorski

Born in Germany (Berlin), where she still actively promotes Croatian healthy products.

Her research, knowledge and love of wild medicinal herbs and organic products were transformed into the first Croatian master-economic thesis of that kind. She is actively participating in specialized international fairs for healthy food and natural medicine, making a contribution through teaching and counseling.

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