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A dahlia.<br />
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Garden plants could soon be on the menu in homes across Britain after a range of edible dahlias went on sale in a bid to revive a 500-year-old tradition.<br />
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Growers have spent two years developing the edible dahlias after taking inspiration from the Aztecs, who would eat the bulbous roots of the common garden blooms for their taste and nutritional value.<br />
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The trend for scoffing dahlias died out in the 1700s when the colourful flowers were brought to Europe and they became popular instead for their ornamental qualities.<br />
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But now growers Lubera are urging amateur gardeners to plant their new range of edible dahlias so that when the flowers die out at the end of the summer they can eat what's left of the plant.