Today’s Flowers With A Difference

Sesbania grandiflora flowers locally known as "Bok Phool"

There’s nothing more evident in the change of season than the veggies available in our markets now. These winter  edible blooms are much-loved! They are the flowers of the Sesbania grandiflora aka the Hummingbird tree or the Scarlet Wisteria. Growing primarily in the hot areas of the world, it is believed to have originated in India or South-east Asia. The tree grows to a height of about 3 to 5 m. The young pods and leaves are also edible although I have not yet had the opportunity to taste them so far. Only the flowers are sold in the markets here.

Dipping them in a batter of chick pea flour seasoned with a few spices

It’s a Today’s Flowers post with a difference. I couldn’t resist sharing the way we have these blooms. I like to dunk them in a batter where turmeric , chilli , and coriander, all in powder form, are added with some salt before they hit the hot oil.

The "pakoras" as we call them here!

Voila! Now for a quick floral snack! Click on the badge below and check out the delightful blooms from across the world! My thanks to the TF team: Santilli-Pupo-Denise-Sandy Carlson



About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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10 Responses to Today’s Flowers With A Difference

  1. Gosh, i have never seen anything like this! I once had some candied pansies that my daughter-in-law put on a cake, they were very pretty.

  2. I love that you took a different spin for Todays Flowers.. I haven’t done my post yet, but you popped up in my blog reader…I wonder how many edible flowers there are…hmmm…

  3. ewok1993 says:

    Oh we eat this too. Glad to see someone else does.

  4. hiraman says:

    Among Bongs it’s a great delicacy and is taken with delight. but nowadays you hardly come across them.

  5. Mark Willis says:

    Amazing! The boundary between the edible and the ornamental is often less distinct than people would have us believe! What do they taste like? (Probably like nothing else in the world…)

  6. Jama says:

    I didn’t know they can be eaten!

  7. Andrea says:

    Many people here in the provinces eat that too, as salad, but i don’t cook it myself though if there is available i eat that too. You said it is named also Scarlet Wisteria, maybe it is the White Wisteria, and the other variety colored scarlet is the one called that, haha. The scarlet form is very nice as ornamental, however they say the white is more delicious than the scarlet.

  8. lotusleaf says:

    Hi Kanak! We call these flowers Agase. They are very good for digestion. Even the leaves are cooked and eaten once a fortnight , after a fast, traditionally.

  9. Ms Burrito says:

    Beautifully captured.

    My Flower Happy holidays!

  10. Wow.. Does that mean we have some edible flowers around that we can actually eat or something. I have never heard of anything like this before.

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