The potential of edible flowers

Edible flowers have been used in Chinese cuisine for thousands of years. They act as a garnish, are used as a fully fledged ingredient and are also popular as a cure for various ailments. In recent years, more and more people argue that edible flowers have positive health effects. But are they really as healthy as they think?

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In 2014, researchers of the University of Zhejiang reported on the potential health benefits of edible flowers. They measured and analysed the phenolics of 10 Chinese edible flowers. In addition, the antioxidant capacity was evaluated. The study included the following ten flowers: Paeonia suffruticosa, flos lonicerae, rosa chinensis, lavandula pedunculata, prunus persica, flos carthami, hibiscus sabdariffa, flos rosae rugosae, chrysanthemum morifolium and lilium brownii var. viridulum. The researchers discovered that the edible flowers are rich in phenolics and have high antioxidant capacity. They referred to several studies that suggest there is a link between the consumption of phenolics and anti-inflammatory activity, a reduced risk of certain forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Subsequently, they concluded that the edible flowers have the potential to serve as an additive in food to prevent chronic diseases, promote health and prevent food oxidization. Unfortunately the researchers did not test the effects of edible flowers on humans.

Further research is needed to see if the edible flowers really benefit human health.

Sources

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24621197
  • http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/04April/Pages/Edible-flowers-not-proven-to-prevent-cancer.aspx
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140421112609.htm

 

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# Josipa 2016-08-29 14:59
So beautiful! Love it!

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# Pure Green Remedies 2016-08-29 18:16
Thanks so much, Josephine!
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# The Leach Life 2016-08-29 19:04
I love it when restaurants use these to garnish things! So pretty!

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# Cielo Fronteras 2016-09-04 06:48
These are so pretty! Love the look of pretty dishes! =)


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# Pure Green Remedies 2016-09-04 08:20
Thanks ♡
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# Selin Mina 2016-09-04 16:50
This post is very interesting! Also the flowers are really pretty.
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# Pure Green Remedies 2016-09-04 19:03
Thank you, Selin!
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# consulente immagine stile 2016-09-06 06:52
So interesting article.
The flower are so beautiful and sound so tasty!
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# Pure Green Remedies 2016-09-06 13:08
Thank you for your kind words! ♥
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# Tamara 2016-09-13 18:50
I love edible flowers! I didn't know that they're beneficial too!

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# Hayley larue 2016-09-13 18:51
This is so neat!! I will have to try this!! :)

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# Stephanie Williams 2016-09-14 13:45
Don't have much knowledge about edible flowers, so this was a very interesting read! :) It's always nice to learn about healthy options and their benefits.

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# Mademoiselle Coconath 2016-09-15 18:19
So pretty! I love it!
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# Erica 2016-09-16 16:00
This is so interesting, I've wondered about the "edibility" (haha) of flowers. Thanks for sharing dear! x

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# Zorica 2016-11-12 17:47 Reply
# Lauren 2017-01-26 13:22
So interesting to learn they might be more than just a pretty garnish!
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