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Edible Flowers - Paleo?

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Created March 07, 2012 at 11:08 PM

So I was wondering if edible flowers are Paleo? Should they be eaten a little less, like fruit, or can the be indulged in like veggies?

Thanks!!

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on March 09, 2012
at 04:17 PM

well, that's what they bees go there for, so they are all sweet in the inside.

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on March 08, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Fortunately, flowers are really easy to grow on your porch, so you can keep yourself well supplied with flowers while it's warm.

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on March 08, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Last summer I made squash bottoms dipped in egg, coated in seasoned almond flour, and fried in lard...so good. I love your list of favorites, chive flowers are one of my favourites to throw in salad. Elderflower is probably my all time favourite, with a bit of key lime juice to take it over the edge. Lovely :)

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on March 08, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Elle, if you do a search for "edible flowers", you'll find all sorts of scrumptious things. I eat chive blossoms regularly, and dandelion blossoms, and chickweed flowers, and.... I grow perennial herbs and always enjoy the flowers.

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:44 PM

Oh yum! Next time call me over Melissa!

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:26 PM

One of the most delicious things I've ever eaten was fatty eel doused with bone marrow on a Nasturtium leaf

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:27 PM

flowers may look sweet but I've never met one that tasted sweet.

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Usually raw Lady_Arwen, but you can stuff zucchini blossoms and cook them.

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on March 08, 2012
at 12:54 AM

How do you eat them? Raw, or how would you use them in a recipe?

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on March 08, 2012
at 12:35 AM

I hope I can find an abundance! I did get zucchini blossoms a few times in my veggie box last year.. yum!! I just love them, so I'd try to hunt them down. Or maybe grow them when I get back to Florida!

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on March 07, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Edible Flowers = definitely paleo!

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:45 AM

I eat blossoms as long as I can get them. Today I had sheep's-milk yogurt topped with berries and some edible pansies that I picked up.

Squash blossoms, nasturtiums, pansies, chamomile, garlic and chive blooms, violets, marigold, rose, et al. If they're organic and not sprayed then they're going in. I don't eat a ton with every meal, just a sprinkling on certain dishes, but I love the colour and flavour they add to my food. Always fresh - never cooked unless I'm making an infusion, dessert, preserving. The squash blossoms, tho.. I eat the hell out of those. Same with garlic and chive blossoms. YUM.

Blossoms fall into the "real food" category for me so.. enjoy :)

Note: I have some permaculture notes and not sure what updates may have occured, but might be of some interest.

Flowers are rich in nectar and pollen and studies have shown pollen to be nutritious with vitamins and minerals. Roses and especially rose hips, are very high in vitamin C. Dandelion blossoms are high in vitamins A and C while the leaves are loaded with iron, calcium, phosophorous and vitamin A and C. Marigolds and Nasturtium have vitamin C. Flowers are 95% water.

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on March 08, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Last summer I made squash bottoms dipped in egg, coated in seasoned almond flour, and fried in lard...so good. I love your list of favorites, chive flowers are one of my favourites to throw in salad. Elderflower is probably my all time favourite, with a bit of key lime juice to take it over the edge. Lovely :)

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on March 07, 2012
at 11:18 PM

I say a long as the flowers are organic, eat them to your heart's content! They're lovely, delicate, tasty and special...and you must be very blessed to have access to enough to indulge in like vegetables!

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on March 08, 2012
at 12:35 AM

I hope I can find an abundance! I did get zucchini blossoms a few times in my veggie box last year.. yum!! I just love them, so I'd try to hunt them down. Or maybe grow them when I get back to Florida!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:52 AM

Nasturtium petals and leaves are peppery good in a salad. And pretty too! I have used violas and also rose petals to make salads into showpieces.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:44 PM

Oh yum! Next time call me over Melissa!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 08, 2012
at 03:26 PM

One of the most delicious things I've ever eaten was fatty eel doused with bone marrow on a Nasturtium leaf

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on March 08, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Yes, they are paleo, but I wouldn't worry about the sugar content. You would have to eat a ton of them, and they are pretty strongly flavored, so eating that many isn't so fun.

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:27 PM

flowers may look sweet but I've never met one that tasted sweet.

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on March 09, 2012
at 04:17 PM

well, that's what they bees go there for, so they are all sweet in the inside.

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on March 07, 2012
at 11:18 PM

Flowers sound good to me.

I wouldn't make them a core item, but as part of a variety of veggies they sound good.

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:40 PM

Many flowers are edible. Not all of them taste great, many are somewhat bitter. Some are delicious and they are worth experimenting with.

Remember that organic growers spray more pesticides than conventional. They don't want people to know the truth. Their pesticides are generally older toxins that are not targeted to a specific class of insects, so a broad spectrum or shotgun effect requires a lot more spraying to kill certain bugs. Conventional farms use modern materials that are designed to address specific insects so the need for spraying is much less due to the increased effectiveness in targeting the problem. This overall is much safer for consumers and for the environment.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 08, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Fortunately, flowers are really easy to grow on your porch, so you can keep yourself well supplied with flowers while it's warm.

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