Flower power to boost your daily meals
Flowers can be used as a vital component in foods, as a seasoning for dishes, just as a garnish or as a refreshing agent in tea. The very concept of eating flowers seems a bit unusual at first, but once you taste the flavour and know the amazing benefits, you might just get hooked. Here are some flowers that are edible and used in delicious recipes.
Marigold is distinctly earthy, mildly bitter flavour is used in many dishes and foods. Vinegar made using marigold makes a great salad dressing – both for its unique flavour and bright colour. A soothing tea made from marigold flowers aids to lower symptoms caused by inflammatory bowel diseases, gastritis, acid reflux, ulcers as well as reducing menstrual cramps.
Banana flower is widely used in Indian cuisine in a varied dishes and foods. The dishes are incredibly healthy and tasty. The banana blossom has the same properties of banana - rich in iron, vitamins - and the fibre helps in building the immunity against bacterial infections, control diabetes and improves the haemoglobin level.
Moringa flower, commonly used in South India, is packed with full of flavour and nutrient. It is perfect for cooking and can easily be combined with other ingredients. Moringa flowers are a great source of calcium and potassium and help to treat liver diseases, common cold and cough.
When buying a bunch of mint, you may have wondered what do with the mint flowers. They are indeed edible and have a flavour very similar to mint leaves. Mint flowers find a place in desserts, as a garnish for beverages like iced tea or lemonade and can also be blend with other vegetables. Mint flowers are best to ease fatigue, depression, and aids digestion, the benefits are countless.
Chamomile flower is one of the most used herbs in the kitchen, which is dried up to be infused into boiling water for a soothing tea. A cup of chamomile tea at bedtime can have a calming effect on the nervous system and help you sleep better. A diluted chamomile tea act as natural digestive relief helps to relieve digestive upset in babies. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile relax the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract.
The most widely used flower in India, and is most commonly used in numerous desserts. Rosewater is a vital ingredient of your delicious sweet gulab jamun. The petals have a palpable floral sweetness and are used in jams, marmalades, sharbat, and refreshing sweet tea.