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Flower power: a garden of nutritious delights

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Created August 10, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Question regarding nutrition of flowers. I never thought I'd contemplate becoming a lotus-eater but free nutritioous food can't be beat. Anyone out there ever dined on daffodils, chowed on chrysanthemums, ate azaleas? how was the experience? What nutrients do these fragrant creatures contain?

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on August 10, 2011
at 08:07 PM

You bet! Let me know when you arrive!

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on August 10, 2011
at 04:09 PM

lets meet up in vancouver. I will be there sept 1st.

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on August 10, 2011
at 03:06 PM

so you move to lotus land and become a lotus eater - too funny personman!!

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on August 10, 2011
at 02:03 PM

a contradiction reconciled:moral hippie and immoral bloody flesheater. The natural way...

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on August 10, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Details! Gimme gimme!!!

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on August 10, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Here you are - I must tell you about my trip to Seattle - no goeduck. Bummer.

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on August 10, 2011
at 01:25 AM

definitely a horse of a different colour:)

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on August 10, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I will if you show me 'how to'...I'm finding facebook to be less user-friendly than PH. Honestly, your last photo...I thought you were a will-ferrel lookalike guy or somthing..

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on August 10, 2011
at 01:22 AM

Don't dine on daffodils or azaleas, both are toxic. Have some nice daylilies, nasturtiums or pansies instead. Make sure you check with a reliable source before eating flowers. Some smell delicious but won't treat you well. Some (lilies of the valley, foxglove, monkshood FI) will kill you dead.

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on August 10, 2011
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Thanks for the links guys. I'll be sure to check them out: lotus-eaters unite!

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on August 10, 2011
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Peronman- you intrigue me. Check out my profile and if you do this sort of thing, please friend me on facebook.

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on August 10, 2011
at 12:38 AM

I use a lot of edible flowers in my food - some are spicy, some sweet, and they make any dish look and taste amazing. Don't forget you can eat the blossoms of vegetables, too, as well as herb and fruit blossomes, not just the florals. Jam, infusions, you name it you can use 'em. For sure vitamins! Iron, calcium, A and C, phosphorus are in the leaves and petals. The pollen is good for you, too.

Here - this is a good link to keep handy: http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/42-flowers-you-can-eat it's a great link to keep handy. Enjoy!

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on August 10, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Details! Gimme gimme!!!

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(16131)

on August 10, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Here you are - I must tell you about my trip to Seattle - no goeduck. Bummer.

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on August 10, 2011
at 04:15 AM

personman, you are endlessly interesting. will your freezer full of grain fed ground beef ever forgive you for turning to flowers? ;)-

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on August 10, 2011
at 02:03 PM

a contradiction reconciled:moral hippie and immoral bloody flesheater. The natural way...

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on August 10, 2011
at 01:10 AM

I have a friend who is an herbalist (and paleo-- coolest person I've ever met) and she just goes out and gathers wild plants and feeds her family. I'm trying to learn from her, but I can't tell a grape vine from poison ivy (yet). Dandelions are super nutritious, but I can't remember much else she's taught me. Here is a good resource she recommended I check out.

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on August 10, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Thanks for the links guys. I'll be sure to check them out: lotus-eaters unite!

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on August 10, 2011
at 01:09 PM

the flower that blooms before the zucchini is edible, remove the stem inside and wash, you can stuff it and then 'bread' it and fry/in good oil, or they even make soup with it! (Mexican cusine that is)

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on August 10, 2011
at 02:01 AM

I snack on dandelion flowers when they are out in the spring (bonus protein if there are ants crawling around on them). I know you can make dandelion flower wine too. Day lilies and roses are the other two that grow in my garden that I'll eat when they're blooming.

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