09 June, 2008

Flowers to Gift, Flowers to Eat

I wonder if you knew that there are certain varieties of flowers that are edible too. “Calendula” which is an edible flower has been named as the Herb of the Year by the Herb Society of America. The flower petals are good in cooking and nice in salads; tangy, savory flavor.

Other delicious varieties are:
Cornflower/bachelor button, or Centaurea cyanus. Used in cooking; sweet, spicy, clove-like flavor.
Daylily, or Hemerocallis species. Used in cooking; mild onion flavor.
Hibiscus, or Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Flowers and juices used in cooking; slightly acidic taste, cranberry flavor.
Jasmine, or Jasminum - grandiflorum or sambac (Arabian jasmine). Flowers are used in cooking; great in tea; delicate sweet floral flavor. Another variety called Carolina jasmine, is poisonous. So you better beware.
Lilac, or Syringa vulgaris. Flowers used in cooking; lemony, floral flavor.
Marigold, or Tagetes tenuifolia (T. signata). Spicy, herbal or lemon flavor, depending on the variety.
Nasturium, or Tropaeolum majus. The leaves, blooms and flower buds are all used in cooking; buds are used as capers; sweet, peppery flavor.

And there are many other such flowers.

However, there are a few flowers too that should be avoided like the Carolina jasmine mentioned above. These are azalea, crocus, daffodil, foxglove, oleander, rhododendron, jack-in-the-pulpit, lily of the valley, and wisteria. (The list is not complete)

Finally, we know that Flowers are not just gifts. They have more value than you thought they have.

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