Have Your Flower and Eat It Too !

Edible flowers are fun and a brilliant way to add color to any plate, especially when you grow and pick them from your own garden. A couple weeks ago a friend asked me this, ” Jackster.. Question.. Lol so like u know how vegetarians get angry w meat eaters.. Do u get angry when people eat those flowers they decorate plates with? Lol ” My response without getting into a serious conversation was, “Well, I don’t get angry with meat eaters, just find there are other great foods  and …. well, some flowers are edible” Not every flower grown in nature is edible and some are actually poisonous so be sure to read up before you eat. In addition, avoid flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides which are used against insects. For nourishing your body with flowers, you may consider some of the following: Below are my top 7. 

Marigolds : Let Flowers Be Thy Medicine . A flower that is popular in India can be used as soap, ointment, herbal tea just to name a few.

Peony : Used in China for medicine, the petals of this flower can be added to salads or to float in your drink.

Gardenias : It hurts my throat to be around them in a flower shop, but this flower can be eaten raw or preserved in honey.

Carnations : Separate the petals from the calyx and this can be used in soups, garnish salads or jellies.

Dandelions: When I competed, I used to take Dandelion Root in pill form. But, the leaves can be used on salads and the heads to make wine or to cook with. This flower aids in weight reduction and helps to cleanse your system.

Roses : STOP , SMELL AND EAT THE ROSES 🙂 Roses are long used in teas and can be consumed when picked straight from the garden. Pull the petals and enjoy ! The roses from a flower shop tend to be sprayed with pesticides so stay away from these. 

Fennel : This hardy flower is flavorful and taste wonderful in green smoothies 🙂

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