Edible Flowers and Suggestions for Recipes
Edible Flowers and Suggestions for Recipes*
Flowers are great in making a special atmosphere and decoration. They can be used for bouquets, centerpieces or they can just be left to grow in the garden, but they are beautiful in any shape and color.
The fact that many flowers can also be used in the kitchen is amazing. They can be dried and then cooked, they can be used for seasoning and they can simply be a decoration on top of salads.
In case you have no idea how to use any flower in your kitchen, this article will give you few fresh suggestions about this.
Beans are something that everybody has eaten. They can be cooked as a stew and can be put on salads as well. Actually beans can be an ingredient added to many dishes. The not so popular use of this food is connected with its blossoms. If the bean is let to bloom, then you will be able to taste them. Usually they have sweet flavor and remind you very much about the taste of the bean. However they are slightly different and can be put in some dishes.
Nasturtiums are very beautiful flowers. We are not used to having them for the usual cooking, but still they have a very nice peppery taste, which can be very useful for some recipes. What is even greater is that they have pickled buds, which can save you much money when used instead of the capers. The last ones have a very strong taste and in some countries are very expensive and hard to find.
Borage is the next in the list of the edible flowers. Their basic taste is very much like that of the cucumber. Their pansies on the other hand are close to the wintergreen plants in their flavor.
Some of the most popular flowers that people often buy and give as presents are roses, lavender and violets. Besides the fact that they are extremely beautiful in their colors, they can be added to many salads. They can bring sweet pleasant flavors to many cakes as well.
In some cases, you are going to need saffron for your dishes. It is one of the most expensive ingredients that can be used and it can not be replaced with other combinations when it has to be put in a recipe. In this case it is good to have calendula, yellow if it is possible. This flower will not add too much of a pungent taste to what you are cooking, but still it is the best substitute.
It is very important to mention that you do not have to use any flower for which you are not sure or have not read from a credible source that is good to be eaten. Otherwise you will risk too much, because many beautiful and innocent looking plants can be very poisonous at the same time. Be 100% sure to know whether a flower is edible before ingesting or including it in your cooking.
Here are 2 highly recommended books you can find at Amazon to begin enjoying edible flowers-
Next there will be several ideas which will help you make the edible flowers a very nice decoration at the same time.
You will impress your guests when you take tiny flowers and freeze them with water in the ice forms. Then take them and add them to a punch or other beverage at a party. The flowers with sweet taste can be caramelized and thus put on top of cakes or fine candies.
The green salad is the perfect dish on which to sprinkle colorful flowers. They will add a special touch and color to this simple salad and make it very attractive for the eyes.
When you are starting to use the flowers in your dishes you do not have to add too much at the beginning. They may be tasty, but still many of them can cause reactions and allergies. Use them carefully and increase the quantity slowly.
A Couple of wonderful books / resources for Decorating Ideas and Arrangements using Flowers are:
Author Bio: Daisy Hart is a writer and blogger with great flair for flowers and flower decoration. She is focused on writing the best possible way and is constantly searching for new sources of inspiration. Therefore, she currently contributes articles mostly about flower related themes.
*Disclaimer: JenniferSchulman.com or any of its affiliates, owners or contributors assume no liability for your use of flowers for dietary means or any means. Be sure to check with your physician or expert as to which flowers are edible and which ones are not. This article is for introduction to the ideas of using dietary flowers for cooking and other purposes.