NEPALESE EDIBLE FLOWERS

– Koiralo, butterfly flower, fringeflower or poor-man’s-orchid, binomial name Schizanthus
pinnatus
– Belchan, a wild flower grown in the lowlands of river basin.

Farsiko phool, pumpkin flower

Farsiko phool, pumpkin flower, pumpkin blossom

Family of Cucurbita pepo L. 

A seasonal flower can be picked right before rainy season.

They are very soft with a mild sweetness and taste somewhat like pumpkin, mushroom,  and meat.

A Nepali style to cook these flowers are with eggs as omelette or scrambled eggs. It can also be cooked with its vines and leaves which is fried with a little oil.

More about Farsiko phool as reference –

http://www.pumpkinnook.com/howto/pollen.htm

https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/pumpkin-flowers/

http://secretindianrecipe.com/recipe/mathapoo-thoranpumpkin-flower-stir-fry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9ryjKQW-mY

 

koiralo

Koiralo, mountain ebony, orchid tree, camel’s foot tree

Binomial name Phanera variegata

Koiralo is a flowering plant that grows well in parts of Southeast Asia and is native to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma and Sri Lanka. Flowers are purple and red color having strap-shaped long and hard pods. It grows as a tree with of 10-15 meters high and blooms as flowers during the spring season in forests. Leaves are eaten by sheeps, goats and kettles and flowers with pods are cooked in Nepalese kitchen as a seasonal dish. It is cultivated as an ornamental tree and famous for its scented flowers.

Koiralo is basically consumed as pickles and vegetables in Nepal. 

It recovers the digestive system, increase the appetite and used for medicinal purposes like treating skin ailments, ulcers, gastrointestinal diseases. Mostly herbal medicines are sold contained with mountain ebony extracts or scents.

Koiralo ko achaar [fresh pickles of mountian ebony] is a very famous dish in Nepal, which is a combination of potatoes and koiralo. Koiralo and boiled separately and added with sesame and lemon juice. The flowers with their stems are used to make this dish. 

References – 

http://www.thegundruk.com/koiralo-ko-phool-ko-achaar/

http://myrecipejasmin.blogspot.com/2014/03/koiralo-ko-phool-achhar-mountain-ebony.html

http://herbfinder.tattvasherbs.com/mountain-ebony-orchid-tree/

https://nurserylive.com/buy-forestry-seeds-online-in-india/bauhinia-variegated-kachnar-orchid-tree-0-5-kg-seeds-plants-in-india

http://www.theayurveda.org/ayurveda/herbs/12-medicinal-benefits-of-bauhinia-plant/

http://www.worldagroforestry.org/treedb/AFTPDFS/Bauhinia_variegata.PDF

Belchan or belchanda, Roselle

edible-flowers

A wild hisbiscus flower found in besi.The word besi in the Nepali language means lowlands in the river basin.

Tastes as sour.

Consumed basically as pickles or vegetables with meal.