Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
A family of dicotyledonous plants in the order Violales characterized by an inferior ovary, unisexual flowers, stipulate leaves, and two to five carpels.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
One of the most common houseplants. There are many edible varieties, including Wax Begonia and Tuberous Begonia. Double check online to make sure which ones. People all over the world have been consuming Begonias for a long time, both flowers and leaves, raw or cooked. Flowers have a citrus, sour taste and make a beautiful garnish.. Medicinally, they have been used to help glucose levels in diabetics, and made into tea for those with colds. Shoots have been used for stomach and spleen problems. Used for anti-tumor and anticancer properties. The leaves and flowers can be eaten raw, stems eaten like rhubarb. Contain oxalic acid, so don’t eat if you have kidney stones, gout or rheumatism. Don’t go crazy, start easy.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz