Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Friday Food 157 – Dried Flowers

 Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we go for flower power.

The local supermarkets (particularly Bubugao) all carry a selection of dried flowers for which you would probably have to visit a specialist store in the west. The are mostly intended to be used in teas and tisanes, but can be added to salads or used as decoration. Sadly, many of the most beautifully coloured lose that color when rehydrated.

Here is a selection of what is available (Not all of these are flowers, but are all plant parts.)  Most are also reckoned to have medicinal properties according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but then so do most things.

Prices vary and are quoted by the kilogram which is somewhat ridiculous given that a kilogram of dried flowers would fill a Wuling van. Sensible sized packs are between around ¥10 to ¥20.

Please note, both gentian and the kuding teas are extremely bitter.

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