Acta Scientific Nutritional Health

Research ArticleVolume 1 Issue 3

Edible Flowers: Knowledge and Consumption Habits

Raquel PF Guiné* , Eunice Santos and Paula MR Correia

CI and DETS/ESAV, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Portugal

*Corresponding Author: Raquel PF Guiné, Professor, CI and DETS/ESAV, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Quinta da Alagoa, Estrada de Nelas, Ranhados, Viseu, Portugal.

Received: June 24, 2017; Published: July 18, 2017

Citation: Raquel PF Guiné., et al. “Edible Flowers: Knowledge and Consumption Habits”. Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 1.3 (2018).


  The objective of this study was to investigate the level of knowledge about edible flowers and to what extent these are or not consumed. A questionnaire survey was undertaken in the district of Viseu, Portugal, to a sample of 100 possible consumers aged between 20 and 84 years old. The instrument included questions aimed at characterizing the sample together with questions about the knowledge relative to edible flowers, their identification, their consumption, whether there are risks associated with their ingestion, which are those risks and how the consumers face the consumption of edible flowers. The results showed that the participants consider that flowers should be included more frequently in daily foods, both in the fresh form or cooked, given their appreciated organoleptic and decorative characteristics, as well as nutritional and bioactive properties.

Keywords: Edible Flowers; Food Security; Gourmet Kitchen; Knowledge; Questionnaire Survey

Copyright: © 2018 Raquel PF Guiné., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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