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Insta-Worthy Edible Flowers to Add in your Diet

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Foodgrams are always mouth-watering to look at and have dominated your Instagram feed, most likely. But what is more interesting than to see a bunch of flowers in food, used not as a garnishing but actually a part of the recipe? Well, flowers these days aren’t only designed for display but have also great health benefits that you can add into your meals. In Singapore, a couple of online stores offer fresh edible flowers like Secrets Fine Food and The Edible Flower Market. These fresh goodies are mostly sourced from the best artisans and farmers in Europe.

Here’s to an epic, Instagram-worthy edible flower for your healthy diet!

Borage Flower
Borage or known as “Star flower” (because of its star-shaped petals) is a culinary herb that grows in Europe, South America and some parts in Asia. The said flower is mostly color blue but sometimes pink Borages also grow. Normally, its young leaves are used to garnish salads and to add subtle flavor to hot or iced tea but as the leaves gets older; it becomes tough and bitter in taste.

This star-edible flower is a favorite low-calorie herb because 100g of its leaves only carry about 21 calories! This herb is also a rich source of Vitamin A which has antioxidant properties and carotenes that play an active role in the aging process.

Borage is perfect mixed with tropical fruits salad such as watermelon, berries, pineapple, melon and kiwi.

Rose Water
Who said roses are only for bouquets? Since ancient times, roses have been of use nutritionally and medicinally to humans. Rose water is known to have a distinct flavor that it is heavily used in parts of Middle Eastern cuisine for religious ceremonies, beauty regimen and perfumes. In today’s world, roses can be incorporated to your diet as it contains tons of health benefits! It has respiratory properties to that help fight cold and flu, its digestive power is also one; it cleanses out your intestines and most importantly, heals constipation problems. Moreover, it is high in vitamin C which deals with collagen and fights aging!

Add flavor to your yogurt by adding some rose water in it. The softness of yogurt goes hand-in-hand with the delicateness of the floral flavor of rose.

Hibiscus Flower
Hibiscus or rose mallow is popular in India, this typically have large flower petals painted with bright colors such as pink, red, peach, purple, white or yellow. This beautiful plant is rich in antioxidant properties that can boost your energy levels and is totally caffeine-free! One cup of Hibiscus tea contains “zero calories.” Speeding up your metabolism is very important when you’re trying to lose some pounds, with its vitamin C contents, you’re sure it fires the rate up. But if you’re a woman going through some hormonal period, then you can take a sip from its extracts to help soothe hot flashes too!

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