“When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.” ~Chinese Proverb
The abovementioned proverb deals with human life on earth in the manner it uses bread as a symbol of survival while choosing lilies as a representation of this planet’s beauty. But what’s the significance of beauty in life if yours won’t last ‘til tomorrow? Luckily, that “lily” can add more days to your precious life. Yes! You read it right! Lilies, among many other species of flowers, can actually be consumed by people. The aesthetic qualities of these flowers are undeniable, but who would have known that their existence can also contribute to the culinary world?
Here are the most popular edible flowers that can be found in the Philippines:
Rose petals are used to garnish salads and some desserts. It can also be mixed with jellies, butters and syrup. Ice cubes with rose petals can also be used to add flavor to your lemonades. This famous flower is at its sweetest when the petals are young and light in color. The darker it gets, spicier and sourer it becomes.
Gumamela petals are commonly used in making tea. Dried Gumamela are added as a garnish in salads and can also be made as candies. Its taste is slightly acidic.
Back in the 1600’s, this flower was included in the recipe of the famous French Liquor, Chartreuse. And until now, the petals of carnation are used in wines, candies, and desserts. This flower tastes like nutmeg or clover.
Blanched petals of this flower are used to garnish salads and be brewed into a tea. Its leaves are no waste for it is used to add taste to our vinegar. It can also be Chrysanthemums, like carnation, have the spicy, peppery taste.
The leaves, buds, blossoms, and petals of this flower are edible. Its leaves can be stir-fried or steamed. Its sweet buds can be eaten raw or cooked. It can also be boiled or steamed together with other veggies. The possibilities are endless. Its blossoms add sweetness to soups or salads, while its petals are also used for salads and cakes. The overall taste of this particular flower depends on how it is cooked, but normally, it evokes a sweet taste.
The flowers listed above are readily available in the Philippines. But one should be careful on picking the flowers they would eat, because some of them may be have unhealthy effects on us. Avoid flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals. The safest way to engage in this diet would be to plant, grow, and pick these edible flowers from your own flower garden. Happy eating!