Edible flower petals grown in Baltic states
Edible flower petals have traditionally been used in many countries to improve the appearance, taste, and aesthetic value of different food dishes, providing nuances and details that consumers appreciate. In Latvia, the use of edible petals in the food industry is a new concept and therefore, this study provides an overview of the available information on the diverse edible flowers grown in the Baltic countries. In addition to their aesthetic value, flower petals may be a source of health-promoting compounds; therefore, this study also examines the chemical composition of edible petals and identifies substances that positively affect human health. The valuable properties of edible petals can foster their use in the food industry and meet consumer demand for functional foods with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidepression, and other properties. Therefore, edible petals contribute to the taste, aesthetics, and nutritional value of food.
Dorožko, J. (2020). Edible flower petals grown in Baltic states. Acta Hortic. 1287, 195-204
edible petals, edible flowers, color, factors, phenolic contents of petals, preparation of extracts