(5 edible flowers and water cress salad)
Yesterday, while I was shopping at the big supermarket at the Shizuoka JR Station I was reminded of a recent post by Natasha at 5 Star Foodie when I noticed edible flowers on sale.
Edible flowers have been on the Japanese markets for quite a few years already.
They tend to first appear in late winter, although it is only a question of time when they will be sold all year long!
They come in very cheap, at 98 yen a small box (1 US$), but they ought to be used as early as possible.
Aichi Prefecture, our neighbour Prefecture seems to have become the largest growing area in Japan.
Thai, Indian and Persian citizens, as far as I know, have been using flowers in food for quite some time. The Japanese have served mini-chrysanthemum and perilla flowers since immemorial times.
Most edible flowers are of the pansy, snapdragon, primura and so on varieties.
Do you recognize some of them above?
Now, the great news is that they contain an enormous amount of Vitamin A carotene:
1,100 to 9,400 micrograms per 100 grams as compared to 390 micrograms for tomatoes, 720 micrograms for broccoli and 3,100 micrograms for spinach.
as well as Vitamin C:
230 t0 650 mg per 100 grams as compared to 20 mg for tomatoes, 100 mg for spinach and 160 mg for broccoli!
The Japanes will use them either in flower or vegetable salads or on cakes.
One small advice for caution: don’t overeat them as they have purgative powers!
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10 thoughts on “Vegetables Facts and Tips (7): Edible Flowers”
Hey! I did not know that pansy can be eaten! I grew a few pots when I was living in Australia some years back!
It’s never too late to start again!
After these posts by you and Natasha, I’m anxious to find edible flowers! They are so lovely, engaging the visual sense even more as part of the whole eating experience.
They are indeed!
Wow! Wish Singapore has such a wide varieties. Always wanted to try cooking with flowers.
Will chk out Tokyo’s supermarket next time I’m there to see if they’re also selling. Thks for sharing!
They should be selling them in Tokyo!
Remeber they are grown in Aichi Prefecture if someone asks!
How interesting! I don’t know where I’ve been but edible flowers are a totally new concept for me!
There are plenty of new concepts out there! LOL
Problem is I ate too many of them for lunch! LOL
Pretty! I like that you were able to buy separate flowers in separate boxes. Mine were all mixed in one little box which makes it a lot more expensive too.