Dahlias - How to grow them and their edible and medicinal uses
Does any one here grow dahlias?
I have always loved them but never grew them. I like the idea you dig them up and they will multiply year to year but I am not sure how to store them. My one friend will not grow them saying they are hard to grow.
So for fun I had top look up a few facts on dahlias. They are in the sunflower family.
Medicinal uses: From healthbenefits.com
- In Pre-Spanish Mexico, tubers were used due to high content of fructose and inulin.
- Petals and tubers were used by Aztecs for treating infected grazes, rashes and cracks in skin.
- Tubers skin is rich in antibiotic compounds.
- The crushed and mashed up petals are used to provide relief from stings or insect bites.
- Use poultice made from petals over insect stings and inflamed skin areas.
- Use the petals in footsoak to soothe tired feet.
- Place the crushed petals on itchy sore spot.
- Aztecs use the flowers to treat epilepsy.
How to Eat:
- Flower petals are consumed by adding it to salads.
- In Mexico, tubers are consumed as vegetables.
- The sweet extract of tuber is combined with cold or hot water or milk or is sprinkled on ice cream.
- It is also included in Mexican mealie and chili dish, Dahlia dip, cream cheese and sundried tomato and Dahlia bread.
- The tuber extract is used as a beverage.
- It is used as a garnish.
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