Shy Mum - Chrysanthemum
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Chrysanthemums were always great favorites of the noble class, and in China, up until recently, common folks were not allowed to grow them in their gardens.
Chrysanthemum seeds came to Japan via Korea in the fourth century, and in AD 910, Japan held its first imperial Chrysanthemum Show and declared this the National flower.
Chrysanthemums were first introduced to Europe in 1688, and to the US in 1897. Although their reception there was not enthusiastic initially, it soon gained popularity.
Chrysanthemum petals are quite tasty and are particularly good added to cream soups or salads. Blanch them but don't cook them for too long as that makes them bitter.
The Chrysanthemum was brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in AD 400. Japanese emperors so loved the Chrysanthemum flower that they sat upon Chrysanthemum thrones.
Imperial symbol of Japan.
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