Aren’t flowers amazing? They have a way of brightening the corner of our yards, porches or countertops. Many times they are given as thoughtful gifts, to loved ones.
Mother’s Day seems to be one of those days that flowers are given as thoughtful gifts. At Anderson’s we sell many hanging baskets before Mother’s Day. LOTS of Moms will be enjoying their baskets of color.
Then….there’s the edible flowers! Did you know that many flowering plants are edible? Let’s look at the Portulca. (Also known as purslane)
Portulca flowers, leaves, seeds and stems are edible and actually VERY GOOD for you! According to therawadvantage.com “Purslane has the highest amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fats of any edible plant, according to researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The scientists also report that this herb has 10 to 20 times more melatonin—an antioxidant that may inhibit cancer growth—than any other fruit or vegetable tested.”
After more research, it looks like something that should be added to our diets, on a regular basis. And, yes! Anderson’s sell Portulacas in 4″ pots or in Hanging Baskets. They love good hot sunshine and can survive on minimal watering, and taste kinda’ like green peas.
Another Edible Beauty is the Dianthus. Add some spice to your life! Throw some flowers in a salad for a peppery & clove type flavor. Dianthus flowers are known to help keep the Urinary Tract healthy.
Remember to try something new this summer. Whether it’s those edible flowers or a new type of tomato plant. Anderson’s has a huge variety of tomato plants, including heirloom plants.
And best of all, we never use any pesticides on our plants! The bees can pollinate as God intended, and your plants can thrive!