Edible Flowers: Just for Fairies and Unicorns?

The latest Melbourne café craze.

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Edible Flowers: Just for Fairies and Unicorns?

These days, food not only has to taste good, but it has to be aesthetically pleasing or specifically, Instagram-worthy as well. Just take a look at the Instagram feed of cafes such as Kettle Black, Tall Timbre, Matcha Mylkbar, Mister Zen, and Kitty Burns and you will find dishes garnished with flowers.

In ancient Rome and Greece, they were used to intensify the food flavours as well as for decorative purposes. That provokes two questions – what do edible flowers taste like and what are its health benefits? Edibles flowers are not only a feast for your eyes, but for your health and wellbeing too!

Taste Test Verdict

Having tried a couple of Brunch foods with edible flowers in them, I find that they have a light aromatic fragrance and are actually quite delicious as well. Also depending on the flowers, they have different flavours ranging from sweet to peppery-spicy.

Edible Flowers at Mister Zen [image source: Vera Tan], crowdink, crowd ink, crowdink.com, crowdink.com.au
Edible Flowers at Mister Zen [image source: Vera Tan]
Health Benefits of Edible Flowers

Marigold: It contains an abundance amount of Vitamin C, a great source of antioxidants which helps to prevent cancer, cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Marigold tea is also great for detoxing the body. However, it may be harmful in large amounts so only consume in small amounts, moderately.

Rose: It contains pectin, citric, and malic acids, aiding in the internal processes of the body. It also helps to remove heat and toxins from the body and could help to alleviate a sore throat or running nose. It is comprised of laxatives as well which can be used to treat constipation.

Dandelion: Research has claimed that dandelions are good for treating mild fluid retention that is caused by premenstrual syndrome and can boost the immune system and control cholesterol levels.  

However, edible flowers could be harmful in large amounts so only consume in small amounts moderately and some people may be allergic to edible flowers. Also, do take note that if you are going to buy flowers to cook, ensure that they are specified for eating and are free from chemicals and pesticides.

Are you willing to try eating edible flowers and what are some of your recipes? Comment down below.