Investigation about the consumption of edible flowers in Portugal

Guiné, Raquel PF; Florença, Sofia G; Ferrão, Ana Cristina; Correia, Paula MR

Abstract

Since the interest in the use of edible flowers for gastronomy has been increased, therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the extent to which sociodemographic characteristics influence the knowledge and consumption habits related to edible flowers in a sample of 247 Portuguese adults. The results revealed that this subject is not unknown for the majority of the participants and that they were aware of some of aspects related to the consumption of this kind of product. In general, edible flowers are consumed sporadically, cooked or incorporated in salads, mainly because of their taste. It was also observed that gender as well as the area of work or studies influenced the participants’ knowledge and some of the consuming habits related to edible flowers. However, there were still some aspects about which the participants revealed some confusion, such as the risks related to their consumption. Hence, it is important to continue with studies in this area, in order to clarify and deepen the knowledge about the use of edible flowers in gastronomy.


Keyword(s)

Edible flowers; Food security; Gourmet kitchen; Knowledge; Questionnaire survey

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