SEOUL, April 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Edible flowers are not only a pleasure for our eyes and nose, but also for our taste buds.
On Tuesday, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) introduced a number of edible flowers as well as their characteristics and precautions to take when consuming them.
Edible flowers contain about 10 times more polyphenols – micronutrients that contribute to preventing brain diseases such as senile dementia and Parkinson’s disease – compared to fruits and vegetables.
In addition, RDA studies show that natural scents from plants have the effect of increasing alpha brain waves related to comfort by 5 percent and lowering the heart rate by about 5 percent, compared to artificially extracted scents.
“It is recommended to purchase and use edible flowers safely grown on eco-friendly farms or to grow them by seeding them directly at home,” said Chung Myung-il of the National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science.
“One should not eat flowers that bloom on the side of the road where there is a lot of fine dust or pollutants, or ornamental or decorative flowers purchased at flower shops,” he added.
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