In Japan, there are several types of edible flowers. It can give to the Japanese dishes an elegant touch of fantasy and enrich the flavors. Here below a list of the most known and used flowers.
The Japanese love Sakura blossoms, don`t they? But do you know you can actually eat them or use them as a seasoning or coloring product to your dishes? Not all the Sakura blossoms are edible. You have to ask a florist before choosing. Generally Sakura blossoms with a plural number of petals such as the Yaezakura are used for dishes. They are churned and used as a coloring agent to the dishes.
Chrysanthemum not only gives a bright yellow color to the dishes, but also wakes your digestive system up. If you have been to a traditional Japanese Izakaya, you might have noticed these flowers being served as an additional item along with Wasabi and Soy to your ordered dishes. You can eat them along with Sushi or Sashimi and it has a delicious unique taste.
Sakura and Chrysanthemum for food may sound new to foreign ears, but Shiso is familiar. In many cultures, you can find Shiso. It actually belongs to the mint family and is served to give a minted flavor to the dishes. In some countries, they eat Shiso leaves after dinner to refresh their mouths. In Japan, you might have noticed it being served along with Wasabi and it can be eaten just raw.
These flowers are an attraction to hummingbirds as they bear honey in them. You must have seen pictures of birds sucking honey from these flowers on TV channels or on the Internet. They are actually garden plants and possess thick and sweet aroma. They are also rich in medicinal values. In Japan and China, they use these flowers to cure Influenza and other respiratory problems. Kids love this plant. But you should be careful if you have one in your garden as some of them are not good for consuming. These flowers are the edible diet for not only humans and birds, but also deers and rabbits.