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  • Has anyone considered eating flowers?!

    At the risk of sounding like Homer (Simpson), I've been eying up the vase of tulips on my table and I can't help but thinking that flowers are potentially a nourishing food, full of cholorophyll. The stems look just like spring greens. The flowers... hmm, well - you're going to the source of honey... can't be all bad!

    Anyone ever been tempted - or tried?! Mark recommends eating insects so I can't imagine this is too left of field (no pun intended ).
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

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    Marigold petals are delicious in salads, and I loved the sugared violets my grandma used to make when I was a kid. Couldn't say whether tulips taste any good. Would definitely be doing my research before ingesting flowers willy-nilly...some can be very toxic!
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    • #3
      I've eaten dandelions. Before eating any flower, you may want to check to make sure it's actually edible.

      42 Flowers You Can Eat : TreeHugger

      I've used this resource before eating Dandelions. May help you out.

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      • #4
        A lot of plants not found in the produce aisle are edible. I do believe tulips have a certain grade of toxicity, but I don't know if that applies to the flowers as well.

        Dandelions, marigolds, elderflowers (though I have only encountered them battered and fried), borage. There's lots of forgeable leaves too.
        As with mushrooms: be sure what it is, and clean well. Of course it's best if you can find a local expert willing to teach you

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        • #5
          I enjoy eating flowers- except marigolds. Ew.

          Most flowers are quite delicious, however.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Metric View Post
            I've eaten dandelions. Before eating any flower, you may want to check to make sure it's actually edible.

            42 Flowers You Can Eat : TreeHugger

            I've used this resource before eating Dandelions. May help you out.
            Amazing resource! Thnks a lot
            "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

            In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

            - Ray Peat

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            • #7
              Yup, they make a nice adition to BAS's
              Ones I use (cause I can just go out and pick them around here) are wild rose petals, nasturtiums(leaves to) gorse bush flowers, marigolds and honeysuckle flowers.
              Do some research first though cause not all flowers are safe to eat.
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              • #8
                I'd like to raise the potential concern of pesticides. If the flowers were grown without intent for them being eaten, there may be different practices in terms of pesticides/herbicides I would think. Since no one's going to be eating them, I assume they would use a much stronger, and more toxic substance.

                Do your homework, thoroughly.

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                • #9
                  I eat broccoli and cauliflower. There are some bok choy-type vegetables at the market that have flowers and you can eat mustard flowers. You can sometimes find baggies with nasturtiums, pansies, calendula or other flowers at the store. Sometimes you can find candied violets. Of actual bouquet flowers, my pet parrot that I used to bring to work (I worked at a flower shop) loved to eat roses and carnations. I tasted the carnations and they taste like pepper. I wouldn't eat such flowers, however, because they spray them pretty heavily since nobody's going to eat them.
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                  • #10
                    Mmmmm~ stuffed squash blossoms!

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                    • #11
                      I had a lovely wild salad made by a friend on Friday that included elder flowers, red clover and rose petals with wild garlic, beech leaves, lime leaves and sorrel - Yum
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                      • #12
                        I thought dendrobium orchids would be bitter but they're actually quite yummy.

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                        • #13
                          nasturtium were my favorite growing up. they have a slightly spicy, slightly sweet flavor. i wouldn't eat anything from a flower shop, though. no way to know what has been added to it or how it was grown.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bosnic View Post
                            I'd like to raise the potential concern of pesticides. If the flowers were grown without intent for them being eaten, there may be different practices in terms of pesticides/herbicides I would think. Since no one's going to be eating them, I assume they would use a much stronger, and more toxic substance.

                            Do your homework, thoroughly.
                            That was my first thought, as well.

                            That said, I remember my mom making jam out of dandelion flowers when I was a kid. It wasn't my favorite, but hey, it was jam.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Saoirse View Post
                              nasturtium were my favorite growing up. they have a slightly spicy, slightly sweet flavor. i wouldn't eat anything from a flower shop, though. no way to know what has been added to it or how it was grown.
                              Theres a huge patch of them growing wild on the cliffs here and also on the side of the field next door to the local nursery.
                              All the stuff I pick is growing wild so no worrys about sprays
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