Edible Flowers

Home and Garden - Garden - Specialty
By: dziomek    
13-Jan-2016

Introduction:Flowers aren't just for making a table pretty. They may also be used in recipes to add flavour, colour and interest.

  • 01

    Nasturtium

    The nasturtium has a light peppery flavour, and almost all parts of the plant may be used. The unopened flower buds are great stir-fried, while the open flowers can be tossed into a salad or used as a garnish.

    The leaves often grow in upwards of two inches, and may be used in salads or wrapped around a spoonful of cooked rice (much like a cabbage roll).

    I personally enjoy eating the buds as they are the most flavourful.

  • 02

    Marigold

    Some varieties are more palatable than others. The African Marigold is better suited for a centerpiece than for a salad, as they can be quite bitter.

    Steep the flowers in hot water for marigold tea. Sweeten with a bit of honey if desired.

    Boil the leaves like spinach and serve with fish and rice.

  • 03

    Pansy

    Although their flavour is bland, they do make a pretty addition to salads or as a garnish. Imagine the look of surprise on your guests faces when they are served a salad with pansies.

  • 04

    Dandelion

    Although often considered a nuisance, the dandelion is actually edible from flower to root. The young leaves may be tossed with some oil and vinegar and eaten as a salad, or steamed and eaten like spinach.

    The flower may be used as a garnish or tossed with the leaves in a salad. The trick is to use only the petals, as the sap can be bitter. They may also be used for dandelion wine.

    The roots may be dried and ground, making them an excellent coffee substitute.

    No matter which part of the plant you use, be sure it hasn't been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides.

  • 05

    Rose

    The rose is one of the most reliable sources of Vitamin C. Rose hips can be harvested as soon as they ripen, which is usually in fall or early winter. To get the benefits, simply peel the seed pod and eat the outer skin.

    The petals may be used in salads or as a garnish.




Final Thoughts

No matter which flower(s) you choose to use in your recipes, be sure you either grow them yourself or purchase them fresh from a local gardener. As appetizing as flower shop flowers look, they have often been treated with chemicals and are not edible.


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