EDIBLE FLOWERS: NEW CROPS WITH POTENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS
We have investigated several cultivars from amongst the genus Begonia, Tropaeolum, and Rosa that have flowers with an acceptable taste. The yield, postharvest performance and antioxidants levels of Begonia and Tropaeolum cultivars were characterized. Previously these parameters have been investigated for several Rosa cultivars (Friedman et al., 2007). Results suggest that the cultivars we have investigated have potential to be cultivated as edible flowers. Postharvest storage for 7-8 days did not reduce antioxidant levels. In addition, we have determined previously that rose petals contain relatively high levels of antioxidants, which can attribute to their development as a new crop with significant health benefits.
Friedman, H., Rot, I., Agami, O., Vinokur, Y., Rodov, V., Reznick, N., Umiel, N., Dori, I., Ganot, L., Shmuel, D. and Matan, E. (2007). EDIBLE FLOWERS: NEW CROPS WITH POTENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS. Acta Hortic. 755, 283-290
antioxidant capacity, Begonia semperflorens, Begonia elatior, postharvest, Rosa species, Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC), Tropaeolum majus