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Food Parts You Never Knew You Could Eat
What about edible flowers?
Edible flowers have long been used by folk to pump up their nutrition and mineral requirements. Research has shown that certain flowers are extremely high in vitamins, such as A and C, most of the B’s, as well as minerals calcium, phosphorous and iron.
Not only do flowers add flavor to your cooking, but make colorful decorations for salads, and a garnish for meats and veggies.
Some edible flowers you can enjoy eating are:
- Studies have revealed that pansies are among the most mineral-dense flowers they tested, and is especially rich in potassium which is good for the heart. In fact, studies also found that the potassium level in pansies is higher than that found in many fruits and vegetables.
- Every part of the dandelion can be used with the dandelion detox tea being a favourite. The leaves and flowers can be used in salads and smoothies, and the dried root is often used as a coffee substitute. Dandelion is loaded with lutein, an antioxidant known to protect eyes, and benefit the skin.
- Bean flowers. These flowers are decorative, sweet and tasty. Great in salads and as garnish for the main course.
- Squash blossoms. The flowers on the summer squash vines are also tasty. They are best if picked early in the morning, just before the blossoms begin to open. They make a good garnish for chicken, fish, and salad. Alternatively, stuff with cheese or your favourite filling, and bake until ready to serve.
If you have your own garden, all of these are relatively easy to grow and harvest.
Something to take home
- Food scraps are not always useless scraps. Most can serve as edible, nutritious food parts.
- Many of these edible food parts have been used for hundreds of years by Native Americans and Chinese cultures for health benefits.
When you make use of edible food parts in your diet, you will not need to purchase expensive supplements based on edible food parts for optimal nutrition.