Begonia is PANC

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Among flowers, they are a symbol of youthfulness and fertility, as well as being known in ornamentation for their attractive foliage.

PANC is the acronym in Portuguese for “Unconventional Food Plants”, and for many, it is a gastronomic experience in relation to its nutritional potential.
The leaves, branches, flowers and fruits, both raw and cooked, can be consumed. The leaves have a very characteristic and delicious sour taste, explained by the presence of oxalic acid, and are used to prepare stews, juices and salads. The flowers are edible, citrusy, good for decorating salads or other dishes that you want to beautify, in addition to being great for making jams and mousse.

Flowers in general have a high concentration of vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. The benefits of consumption include treating various health problems like cold, digestive system issues, bronchitis, asthma, rheumatism, bleeding and dysentery.

A dessert idea:

Begonia flower jelly

Grind about 300g of begonia flowers, Add about 4 tablespoons of sugar,
Add 20g of previously diluted unflavored gelatin,
Refrigerate until it reaches the desired consistency.

If you prefer, an ice cream, just freeze it!

Enjoy your food!!

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