Thursday, April 9, 2009

Edible flowers tips and hints


Edible flowers as a garnish make any dish look special on your table, but be sure the flavor of the flower compliments the dish. Here are a few ideas to beautify your recipes and perk up your taste buds:

• Place a colorful gladiolus or hibiscus flower (remove the stamen and pistil) in a clear glass bowl and fill with your favorite dip.


• Sprinkle edible flowers in your green salads for a splash of color and taste.


• Freeze whole small flowers into ice rings or cubes for a pretty addition to punches and other beverages.


• Use in flavored oils, vinaigrette, jellies, and marinades.


• One of the most popular uses is candied or crystallized flowers, used to decorate cakes and fine candies.


• Asthmatics or others who suffer allergic reactions to composite-type flowers (calendula, chicory, chrysanthemum, daisy, English daisy, and marigold) should be on alert for possible allergic reaction.

• Never use non-edible flowers as a garnish. You must assume that if guests find a flower on a plate of food, they will think it edible.


• Use flowers sparingly in your recipes, particularly if you are not accustomed to eating them. Too much of a pretty thing can lead to digestive problems.


• If you are prone to allergies, introduce flowers in small amounts so you can judge their effect. Some have a much more pronounced flavor than others, so you'll need to judge accordingly.


• The leaves of some flowers also have culinary uses, but be sure to check a trusted food reference source before experimenting. This helpful edible flowers chart links to full color photos, plus includes info on scientific name, pertinent warnings, and flavor comparisons.


• Peruse this plant toxicity list for further reference.

1 comments:

Rohit Jain

Umm I could never imagine that you can really eat 'flowers' like this. And looking at the arrangement in the pic...it really feels 'umm'. Can't stop thinking how it tastes.

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