We have all heard the advice "stop and smell the roses" Walking outside just now I was stopped by the hypnotic aroma of the Lilacs. However I did not just smell...I collected and made a base for my next Kefir. I mean why just smell them when you can eat them too!
Many flowers are more than just edible, they contain many vitamins and minerals making them very nutritious. Their unique constituents also make them medicinal. Plants and their flowers have long been valued for their spirit as well. The flowers have a special energy...ever hear of Flower Essences?
Throughout time Flowers have been part of cuisine in many cultures. But don't just go out and make your many meal of flowers. There is still much unknown about these precious petals. So then how do you incorporate flowers into your foods?
1) Collecting Flowers
Visit your local farmer or farmers market
Grow your Own...use only organic flowers making sure there has been no contact with chemicals.
2) Cleaning Flowers:
Gently shake flowers to remove any excess dirt or insects.
Wash flowers in a bowl of cold water; drain
Dry flowers on a towel
Use immediately or store in air tight container lined with damp paper towel for upto 1 week
3) Using Flowers (a few ideas)
Sprinkle flowers as a garnish
Create a tea by seeping in warm water; strain and enjoy
Make a flower syrup:
Dissolve 1 cup sugar into 1 cup boiling water, pour over flowers. Let sit for 20-30min.
Strain and add to everything ;)
Infuse sugar or oil with flowers
Create Flower Wine (this may be an upcoming gathering)
Check out or Flower Forum for images and ideas of edible flowers...share your flower fun there too!