Are Bulbs Edible: Information About Flower Bulbs You Can Eat
What Is An Edible Flower?
Edibles are plants that contain seeds or fruits. Flowers are considered edibles because they have seeds inside them. Some flowers such as roses, lilies, hydrangeas and others contain no seeds at all. They do not produce any fruit but their leaves or petals do have medicinal properties when ingested in small amounts. Other flowers such as jasmine, carnations, chrysanthemums and others are considered poisonous if eaten in large quantities.
The term edible does not mean that it tastes good! Most of the time, edible flowers taste like nothing at all. But some of them can be consumed in small amounts to improve health.
For example, eating one or two bluebells each day will reduce your risk of developing cancer. Eating one or two wild strawberries each week may decrease your risk of heart disease.
How Do I Know If A Flower Is Edible Or Not?
There are many different types of edible flowers. Here are some examples:
• Bluebells (Taraxacum officinale) – These blue flowering plants grow from the ground and bloom in spring. They have tiny white blossoms with pink centers that look just like little bells. These are one of the healthiest edible flowers that you can find.
If you pick the right ones, they can lower your risk of developing certain types of cancer by preventing the spread of cancer cells in the body.
Bluebells contain antioxidants and other nutrients that stop cancer cells from spreading. They also have diuretic properties and can reduce inflammation in the body. Bluebells make a great addition to salads or other types of meals.
Sources & references used in this article:
Edible Plants of the Prairie by K Kindscher – 2009 – newprairiepress.org
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by L Ehlert – 1989 – books.google.com
Wild edible plants of the Bodrum area (Muğla, Turkey) by F ERTUĞ – Turkish Journal of Botany, 2004 – journals.tubitak.gov.tr
Eating from the wild: indigenous knowledge on wild edible plants in Parroha VDC of Rupandehi district, Central Nepal by HD Harrington, Y Matsumura – 1967 – University of New Mexico
The 100-mile diet: A year of local eating by KP Acharya, R Acharya – International Journal of Social Forestry, 2010 – researchgate.net
Edible medicinal and non-medicinal plants by A Smith, JB MacKinnon – 2009 – books.google.com
Raw edible plants of cold desert Ladakh by TK Lim – 2012 – Springer
Edible roots from wild plants in arid and semi-arid Kenya by B Ballabh, OP Chaurasia, PC Pande, Z Ahmed – 2007 – nopr.niscair.res.in