Fun Facts about Flowers

fun and flowers 150x150 Fun Facts about FlowersFlowers have been seen by everyone around everyday but who stops and concentrates on them to find out how and why each flower is different or what is astonishing about a certain flower? Let’s discover today some fun facts about different flowers all around the world as to astonishment of many people there are around 400000 species of flowers grown in world.

  • Roses are valued for their romantic symbolism but their blooms are also edible and have the flavors of green apples and strawberries.
  • Amazingly, Tulips can continue to grow as much as an inch per day after being cut.
  • flowers fun 150x150 Fun Facts about FlowersChrysanthemums are one of the few flowers that can be cultivated bonsai style.
  • Chrysanthemum blooms can be as small as 1 centimeter or as large as 25 centimeters.
  • Symbolism such as imagination, dreaminess, and a declaration of love is a big part of the allure of Tulips.
  • There are over 15,000 species of roses cultivated across the world. The rose family also includes pears, apples, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, and almonds.
  • Most tulips have two to six leaves, but a few species can have up to 12 leaves.funny flowers 150x150 Fun Facts about Flowers
  • In Malta, chrysanthemums are associated with funerals, making it unlucky to keep the flower indoors.
  • Sunflowers are able to soak up radiation.
  • Titan arums are the world’s largest flowers at almost 10 feet in height.
  • Angiosperm is the scientific name for flowering plants. It means “seed bearing.”
  • The scientific name of sunflowers is Helianthus, Helia for sun and Anthus for flower.
  • Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants. They can grow 8 to 12 feet tall in rich soil within six months.flowers1 150x150 Fun Facts about Flowers
  • Sunflower heads consist of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base. The large petals around the edge of a sunflower head are individual ray flowers which do not develop into seed.
  • Crossbreeding was common in the 1800s when Luther Burbank successfully crossed an oxeye field daisy with a Japanese daisy to produce the Shasta daisy, which is not a daisy at all but in fact a chrysanthemum.
  • Flora was the Roman Goddess of flowers and her name continues to be used as a collective term for plant life and flowers.

The tulip, a symbol of life, love and immortality, actually dates back to the time of Confucius. By the late 1600’s in Holland, bulb prices often exceeded the price of precious metals. A single bulb is said to have sold for more that $2,000.

Desserts Made of Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers 300x225 Desserts Made of Edible FlowersDesserts Made of Edible Flowers 300x225 Desserts Made of Edible FlowersThis is really something unique to many people when it is said that some flowers have been used in the particular dish sweet or savory. But this is a tradition as old as Roman Empire. Flowers add a wonderful color and taste to the dishes they are being added. Usually when it comes to going in garden and picking up something for the food you are cooking it is thought to be generally either vegetables, fruits or sometimes herbs but growing edible flowers at home is certainly the best experience that you will ever have. This will not only give your food color and taste but also make them appear really beautiful and attractive. Edible flowers taste and look best in many desserts and salads.

•    Roses like are loved most for gifting to people the same way they are loved in desserts too. But be careful you can not use the rose petals of the roses that you get from the flower shops. The rose petals that you use in your desserts should be guarantied to be taken from edible roses. Just put the rose petals on a cake that is being iced with white or light pink cream. Or put some candied petals over a dessert by dipping each petal into egg whites whipped with little water and then coat them with sugar and wait for them to get dry and your candied petals are ready.

•    A very elegant and beautiful way to present a dessert to your guests is that take a rose and make it hollow by just leaving the outer 2 layers of its petal and than pour in some ice cream into it or the whipped cream and serve it with cookies to see those wonderful expressions on your guests’ faces.

•    Lavender is also a very popular flower used for baking or to serve with desserts. Basically it does not have that appealing presentation or look so they are mostly added in baking cakes and cookies. Lavender tastes and smells best in chocolate cakes, cookies and brownies.

•    Whenever you use lavender flowers do wash them thoroughly and be sure that they are freshly picked. Dried lavender is used in baking by adding it to sugar for the added fragrance and it tastes excellent with lemon so try using the combination of the two.

•    Carnations are little spicy flowers and taste and compliment better with salads or vegetable dishes but as they are really appealing and colorful so they just attract people when used over desserts for decoration. To reduce the spiciness of the flowers you can turn them into candied flowers and petals the same way you are told about the rose petals.

•    Pansies are sweet little flowers that are colorful and taste like spearmint that compliment almost all the desserts so serve them with cakes and ice creams or with any other dessert.

Edible Flowers

edible flowers 200x300 Edible FlowersThere are several flowers that are used not only for making flower arrangements or bouquets to be given as gifts but are also used with foods, sometimes for decoration purposes to just add colors to food and sometimes to eat. Yes, there are real flowers that can be eaten too. For every flower there is a different part that is being eaten. Sometimes there are petals, roots and sometimes leaves of plants. Rose is the flower that is most commonly eaten.

When choosing the edible flowers one needs to be very careful as there may be many flowers that are poisonous and toxic. In fact it can not be just that as you know roses can be eaten so you start eating a rose that you bought from a florist. Flowers found at florists shops are treated with pesticides and are hence not suitable for eating at all. Flowers that are to be used as edible ones are grown separately in organic gardens and only these can be used in foods for whatever the decoration purpose or for adding color and taste.

Salads, soups, deserts, drinks and cakes are very commonly and often decorated with edible flowers as these all look and taste nicer when they are in bright colors creating some special ambiance. As roses are eaten often so the part of roses actually eaten are petals but that after removing the white part of it and the fruit of the plant called hip is being eaten.  Interestingly apple, orange, lemon, peach and plum all are flowers that later transform into the delicious fruits. The fact is not known commonly by people that these are flowers actually converted into fruits.

For other edible flowers we can name chrysanthemums, daisies, geraniums, jasmine, and marigolds too for the common adaption in different foods. Tulips, Lilac and Day lilies are also the flowers that used specially in Chinese cuisine range like in Chinese Hot and Sour soup. The real one, pure recipe from which hot and sour is made in China holds all these flowers as ingredients.

William Cowper once said;
“The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.”

There are a huge number of herbs and plants of which flowers are used instead of herbs themselves in order to keep the flavor less strong and fragrance a little lighter than the herb itself. Few of the herbs out of all these to name are basil, dill, fennel, chives, oregano, lavender, mustard, clover, rosemary, scented geraniums, thyme, sweet woodruff, winter savory and pot marigold; these all are flowers and used very frequently by people of whole world in their foods to bring up special flavor and fragrance to fruit.

The concept of edible flowers had been limited for some people to those handmade flowers used for decorations on fancy cakes. They actually never realized that the concept itself arrived from natural edible flowers that are part of our foods in our daily routine yet they are not aware of it.