Bougainvillea and Santan Flowers for Snack

Would you care for some Bougainvillea and Santan Snacks?

That’s right.


SantanIxora coccinea. 




BougainvilleaBougainvillea spectabilis. bou


These flowers are abundant in Asia.  They make places like parks, schools, offices, and residences fresh and beautiful.  In the Philippines, they are used in one or two of the following events.

  • Flores de Mayo
  • All Saint’s Day
  • All Soul’s Day
  • Flowers for flower Girls in Weddings


But NEVER were they used as food.


In Southern Thailand, on the other hand, they are food.  Yes, totally amazing.  The snack is called “Dok Mai Thot”, which mean fried flowers.  Fried Bougainvillea and Santan taste like just like any other crisps.  It was an amazing experience.  I could not believe I was eating Bougainvillea and Santan flowers.

For you to be able to empathize with me, here it is.



Bougainvillea flowers ( as many as you want)

Santan flowers (as many as you want)




1.  For the bougainvillea, take out the core and only use the petals. For the  Santan flower, take out  the filament at the center of the flower.

2.  Wash them in a colander for sanitary purposes.

3.  Mix a cup of flour and water in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt if preferred, without it is totally fine.

4.  Dip the flowers into the batter.

5.  Deep fry the flowers.

6.  Serve with tomato sauce or any of your favorite dipping.



Although cooking oil is use here, I still think that this snack is healthier compared to any processed snacks in the groceries.  Flowers are full of fibers and other nutrients that are not found in processed snacks.


Do you know of any exotic snacks the world has not heard of?  Do share with us.



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46 thoughts on “Bougainvillea and Santan Flowers for Snack

  1. I remember when I was a kid, I like eating the santan flower 😀 a friend of mine told me it can be eaten. Haven’t tried bougainvillea tho. The recipe looks yummy 😀

  2. This interests me greatly, both as a health food nut and as a frugal dad. So all we need to do is grow these in our house and then that means healthy snacks unlimited? How can I not like that?

    Can you dig a little deeper and get nutrition info?

  3. Wow I was stunned seeing the flowers turned into food. I used to play with santan and bougainvillea flowers when I was a kid. Never thought they could be deep fried. I wonder how they taste..

  4. Wow! This is amazing. I had eaten flowers when I was in Bohol but not Santan and Bougainvillea. And the funny thing is, you’ve experienced that in Thailand

  5. Wow, that’s something new I learned today. I didn’t realize you can eat them. I remember, when I was young, I would pull some santan flowers, pull out the pistils and lick the sweet sap.

  6. Wow, this is something new, I tried the crickets in thailand but not this one. We’ll try to look for it in the next couple of weeks once we get back to Thailand.

  7. I honestly didn’t know this particular flowera can be serve as snack. I know there are edible flowera but not this one and also I only do suck the sweet nectar of santan when I was a kid. I really find this interesting.

  8. In Manila, groceries and supermarkets do not sell flowers as edible food so I think this is why not a lot of people know that these flowers can be eaten.

  9. When we went to Bohol this year and visited Bohol Bee Farm, the tourist guide actually mentioned that whatever flowers bees sip and pollinate upon can be eaten by humans as well. So we ordered a salad bowl of veggies with flowers and I think bougainvillea was one of the ingredients. It was not tasty but just unique.

  10. I haven’t tried Bougainvillea and Santan flower crisps yet, but I’ve had other kinds of flowers fried to crisps too, and I love them! 🙂 Anyway, thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll make sure to try them soon. Will have to ask for some flowers from my neighbor muna. ^^

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