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Why Dubai Banned Flowers and Petals in Restaurant Food

The National Committee for Food Safety prohibits flowers, roses, and petals from being used as decoration or ingredients

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21 July 2019

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Why Dubai Banned Flowers and Petals in Restaurant Food

Flowers on restaurant dishes may be a popular trend, but it's on the chopping board now

According to a circular from the Dubai National Committee for Food Safety, restaurants across the emirate will no longer be allowed to serve flowers, roses, or its petals with food and drinks either as an ingredient or for decoration.

The call was issued to protect the quality and food safety of restaurant dishes.

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All food establishments are required to comply with the new municipality circular immediately.

Are floral foods dangerous?

It's almost impossible to scroll through any social media site without seeing a glossy foodie photo - smoothies topped with pretty violets, delectable dishes decorated with daisies. But is this floral food fad toxic or tasty?

While the Instagram foodie picture might look tempting enough to eat and duplicate, customers must be aware of the potential reactions to any flowers before consumption.

Tread carefully because some of those flowers aren't edible and could potentially endanger you.

Edible flowers are a long-standing trend across restaurants in the UAE. Roses, weed flowers, etc. have been used many times as decorations and have also been incorporated as ingredients so long as they do not contain pesticides. Most food outlets are required to safeguard the health of customers by ensuring that flowers do not contain any chemicals.

Consumers are advised to research on any flower or plant before using it as an ingredient or decoration for food, beverages, and desserts.

Types of edible flowers

Here's a list of edible flowers:

But do avoid using ones grown with garden chemicals.

  • Elderflower
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Fuchsias
  • Violets
  • Roses
  • Gardenia
  • Borage
  • Daisies
  • Amaranth
  • Nasturtium
  • Tagetes