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Fried Flowers

Nicolas Axelrod works regularly with Great Big Story through out Southeast Asia. Some of the stories he has covered for them are travel pieces like Wat Plai Leam in Koh Samui, Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, Supertree Grove in Singapore, The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, The Erawan museum in Bangkok, Wat Samphran and the Amphawa floating market also in Bangkok, other are character driven pieces like Pam's chef's table in 'Fine Dining at Home', or the story of Lek and Baitoey who sell bugs in Bangkok's Koh Sarn road, others are about food - blue noodles in the south of Thailand, or fried flowers on the Chaophraya river.

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.