Botanist James Wong
The ‘clean eating’ fad may be showing signs of giving way to something more moderate, but not before it made its pioneers fabulously wealthy.
Trailblazers such as Ella Mills and the Hemsley sisters have become household names with their courgetti and beetroot gazpacho juice.
But even they can get it wrong sometimes.
Wellness guru Mills, founder of Deliciously Ella, shared an image taken at her wedding to mark her 26th birthday yesterday.
Ella Mills (formerly Woodward) (Photo: KGC Photo Agency LLP)
It shows the author and deli owner cutting her tiered, gluten-free cake, which is decorated with flowers known as Plumeria.
And it turns out they are VERY poisonous, which sort of flies in the face of clean eating wisdom.
Kew-trained botanist James Wong noticed the image and pointed this out.
He wrote above the image: “I’m sure wellness bloggers are nice, well-meaning people, but those are highly toxic Plumeria flowers on that cake.”
But Mills simply replied, “The flowers are edible – the rest of the plant and the sap isn’t, but we wouldn’t use that in a cake.”
She also included a link to an online guide to edible flowers which explained Plumeria “may be used raw in salads, steeped into a tea, fried, or as an ingredient in making sweets.”
Twitter users were divided.
Many took obvious delight in the fact a wellness expert had potentially included toxic blooms on a cake which would have been shared among guests.
Others defended Mills, pointing out the poisonous parts had not been incorporated on the cake.
Ella on her wedding day last year (Photo: Deliciously Ella/Instagram)
Interestingly, however, Plumeria are not listed in other edible flower guides online by the Royal Horticultural Society, Jamie Oliver and the Hip Horticulturist.