Starting a new page on this topic of food nutrients – with a thanks and a tip of the hat to Leo.  Leo (don’t know his last name) attended Jacqueline’s February 2023 presentation on Edible Landscaping and asked some very good questions.  One question was – just how healthy are some of these edible flowers and plants?  What sort of nutrients and vitamins might they have?

Another person at the presentation marveled at just how many plants are edible – yet when you go into the supermarket there are the same 20 vegetables/fruits to choose from.

Ah yes folks – you have highlighted why I take the time to work on this site!  I want to share with you just how rich and enriching our Southwest deserts can be.  Not making money on this (aside from selling a few books) but hopefully helping people live more gently in this desert land I love.

Plant Nutrients

Desert Gogi

see the Desert Goji article

Hibiscus Tea Nutrients

savor-southwest-hibiscusHibiscus tea, brewed, 8 ounces of brewed hibiscus tea using 1 teaspoon hibiscus blossoms.
Source: USDA food Data website
latest update – 4/1/2019

Name Amount 
Water 99.6 g 
Energy 0 kcal C
Energy 0 kJ 
Protein 0 g 
Total lipid (fat) 0 g 
Ash 0.42 g 
Carbohydrate 0 g 
Fiber, total dietary 0 g 
Sugars 0 g 
Sucrose 0 g 
Glucose 0 g 
Fructose 0 g 
Lactose 0 g 
Maltose 0 g 
Galactose 0 g 
Calcium, Ca 8 mg 
Iron, Fe 0.08 mg 
Magnesium, Mg 3 mg 
Phosphorus, P 1 mg 
Potassium, K 20 mg 
Sodium, Na 4 mg 
Zinc, Zn 0.04 mg 
Copper, Cu 0 mg 
Manganese, Mn 0.477 mg 
Selenium, Se 0 µg 
Vitamin A 0 µg 
Vitamin A 0 IU 
Retinol (A-1) 0 µg 
Thiamin (B-1) 0 mg 
Riboflavin (B-2) 0 mg 
Niacin (B-3) 0.04 mg 
Pantothenic acid (B-5) 0 mg 
Vitamin (B-6) 0 mg 
Folate, total 1 µg 
Folic acid 0 µg 
Folate, food 1 µg 
Folate, DFE 1 µg 
Vitamin B-12 0 µg 
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 0 mg 
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0 IU 
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0 µg 
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0 mg 
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0 µg 
Choline, total 0.4 mg 
Carotene, alpha 0 µg 
Carotene, beta 0 µg 
Cryptoxanthin, beta 0 µg 
Lycopene 0 µg 
Lutein + zeaxanthin 0 µg 
Fatty acids, total saturated 0 g 
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0 g 
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0 g 
Fatty acids, total trans 0 g 
Cholesterol 0 mg 
Alcohol, ethyl 0 g 
Caffeine 0 mg 
Theobromine 0 mg

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

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