Flor de Izote

“La flor de izote tiene vitaminas B1 y B2, también contiene minerales como calcio y hierro. Se encuentra bastante aquí en El Hatillo, y da como dos veces al año. La flor se corta y se deja en agua toda la noche, porque es ácida. Después se pone a hervir un rato a que suavice, y cuando ya esta suave se puede comer sofrita con tomate, chile y cebolla, o revuelta con huevo o papa. Las hojas de las flor tienen otro beneficio, también. Mis empleadas las usan, las hierven como té y les ayuda a calmar el estómago o a aliviar la colitis. A nosotros nos encanta, a mis hijos también y donde vivo yo hay miles de arbolitos de eso.”

  Among the wonderful flora found around the mountains, there is a small number of edible flowers that are popular in adding a certain vitality to some wonderful meals. This specific tree can grow up to 9m (30ft) in height, with a thin trunk and strap-like leaves. It serves a variety of purposes: some use it as a fence in their homes, it prevents landslides and erosion, the roots have medicinal properties, and is widely used in landscaping as a decorative element. The white flowers are produced in the summer and due to their bitter taste, together with the brown, fleshy fruit, they are used as ingredients in soups, stews, tacos, or stir-fried dishes.  A surprising fact: the stem of this flower is mainly exported over to Asia, where it’s used to make thread!

Collaboration made by Mireya, a health coach & entrepreneur living in Tegucigalpa. She enjoys guiding others in achieving a balanced healthy lifestyle through her blog Tu Vida en Balance, focusing on readily-available local products.

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