I’ve always wondered if the cherries from a cherry blossom tree can be eaten?
This weekend was a highly educational one in terms of the origin of the term ‘Cherry Blossom‘, it’s uses, location etc. We had a local cherry blossom + winter bloom flower fest at the local arboretum, which was a wonderfully colorful feast for the eyes. Tulips, azaleas, daffodils, cherry blossoms were only a few of the gorgeous colors displayed.
A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of the Japanese cherry, also called Sakura after the Japanese. In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life (Reference: Wikipedia).
I did learn that both the leaves and flowers are consumed in Japan – the flowers are pickled in salt and vinegar and eaten or steeped in hot water and drunk as a tea. The leaves are also drunk as a tea but since they contain a substance, Coumarin, which is toxic in large doses they are not consumed as much.
After this mini educational session, here come pictures 🙂