Rose hips are sometimes made into jams, jellies, and marmalades, or brewed as tea, primarily due to their high Vitamin C content. They are also pressed and filtered to make rose hip syrup. Rose hips are also used to produce rose hip seed oil, used in skin products and some makeup products.
Lotus flowers, seeds, leaves, and roots are edible in Asian cooking. The leaves are used as a flavoring and for wrapping sweet and savory mixtures (rice, meat, fruit, etc.) for steaming. Lotus root is used as a vegetable as well as in sweet dishes, and is considered a very healthy food by the Chinese. It has reddish-brown skin which must be peeled before use.
Its creamy white flesh has the crunchy texture of raw potatoes and a taste similar to fresh coconut, available fresh, canned, dried and candied. The petals and leaves can all be cooked and eaten raw, but there is a risk of transmitting parasites (eg Fasciolopsis buski) if eaten in succession: it is therefore recommended that they be cooked before eating. Lotus seeds or nuts are quite versatile and can be eaten raw or dried.
2.) Lotus Flower: Symbol of Enlightenment
Lotus root was found to be rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin,
vitamin B6, phosphorus, copper and manganese while very low in saturated fat.
Symbology & meaning :
A common symbol in Asian art, the lotus represents birth and rebirth through the fact that its petals open at sunrise and close at sunset. It is also a symbol of fertility, creation and purity. The long stem represents our connection to our origins, while the flower represents the enlightenment we aspire to.
3.) Lavender : Symbol of Devotion
In cooking, use 1/3 the amount of dried flowers for fresh. The key to cooking with lavender is experimenting; Start with a small amount of flowers and add more as you go.
Flowers also produce abundant nectar from which bees make high quality Honey. Mono-floral Honey is produced mainly around the Mediterranean, and is marketed worldwide as a premium product.
Flowers can be made into sweets and are sometimes used as cake decorations. Lavender gives baked goods and desserts a flavor (it pairs especially well with chocolate), and is used to make “lavender sugar”. Lavender flowers are sometimes mixed with black, green, or herbal teas, adding a fresh, relaxing aroma and taste.
Despite having many other traditional uses in the south of France, lavender is not used in traditional southern French cooking. In the 1970s, herb blends called Herbes de Provence and usually including lavender were invented by spice wholesalers and lavender has only recently become popular in cooking.
Lavender imparts a floral and slightly sweet taste to most dishes, and is sometimes paired with sheep’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses. For most cooking applications
Dried bud ions (also called flowers) are used, although some cooks also experiment with the leaves. Only the buds contain lavender essential oil, which is where the aroma and taste of lavender best come from.
The French are also known for their lavender syrup, most often made from lavender extract. In the United States, both French lavender syrup a
and dried lavender buds make lavender and marshmallow scones.
4.) Indian Lettuce: A Symbol of Patriotism
A flowering plant with edible buds, flowers, leaves and stems. The leaves and stems have a nutty taste and can be added to salads and sandwiches. Butter, cream cheese and vinegar can be added to chopped Indian cress buds and the whole flower can be added to salads or used as a garnish. Indian Cress can be purchased at specialty grocery stores. Avoid buying them at flower shops as they may have been treated with chemicals. Indian lettuce is better known as nasturtium.
5.) Lilac : Symbol of Great Beauty and dignity
These pretty flowers are also delicious to eat. Flowers tend to have a strong, fragrant taste, so use them sparingly in salads and as garnishes in desserts. Lilac-flavored honey is a great addition to morning muffins.
To treat your friends to your new culinary lilacs, prepare a yogurt sauce with a cup of vanilla yogurt, two teaspoons of honey and some chopped lilac flowers stirred in. Refrigerate for an hour and serve with the cherries and strawberries and decorate the tray with the best looking flowers. Another simple suggestion to try lilacs is to mix some flowers into plain cream cheese and spread it on pumpernickle or rye bread. Add a thin slice of cucumber to open faceless sandwiches and serve over tea.
The taste of lilacs varies from plant to plant. Very crumbly, slightly bitter. It has a distinct lemon flavor with pungent floral overtones. Great in salads and crystallized with egg whites and sugar.
6.) Violet: Symbol of Modesty
The fragile purple flower is perhaps one of the flowers most used for cooking and flavoring. With an intoxicating aroma and taste, violets make a wonderful addition to all cakes, jellies and jams, ice cream and sorbets, aromatic confectionery, summer drinks, teas and as an elegant, colorful garnish for food.
7.) Jasmine: A symbol of hospitality
This strongly scented white flower is used as the Hindu symbol for Love
The flowers are very fragrant and are traditionally used to make flavored teas. True Jasmine has oval, glistening leaves and waxy white, tubular flowers.
When Beauty speaks to your Soul Video :
Whenever you allow yourself to feel it, Love gives you its Eternal Beauty. ~ Soul