Video: Nicolas Axelrod · Publication: CNN - Great Big Story · Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Everything tastes better deep fried. And in Thailand, the same goes for flowers. Just north of Bangkok lies Koh Kret—a quiet island known for its pottery, Buddhist gardens and traditional dance shows. However, locals know one of the best things about this island are the fried flowers. That’s right, fried flower petals. Boonrod is the oldest of the island’s fried-flower vendors. And for more than 10 years, she’s been selling this delicate treat, made from delicate butterfly pea, bougainvillea and ixora blossoms that she harvests from her own garden. We swear, they’re blooming good. This Great Big Story was made in partnership with Tourism Authority of Thailand.