Using edible flowers in your wedding desserts, drinks, salads and even main dishes adds a unique element to your celebration. They add color, elegance, a bit of whimsy, and also have an interesting range of tastes. Search for what is in season in your area – your local farmers’ market is a great source for finding out what is available and they’ll often have much more variety than the grocery store. Always ask vendors how their flowers are grown (you don’t want to eat flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides!). You can also order edible flowers (fresh or crystallized, which are great for using atop desserts) from several sites online (Gourmet Sweet Botanicals, Marx Foods, Food Innovations).
Herb flowers are some of my favorites because they’re very aromatic and are just as amazing with meat dishes as they are with desserts and cocktails. Plus they just have that wonderful rustic, just-picked-from-the-garden style about them. These would include basil blossoms, lavender flowers, savory blossoms, mint blossoms, rosemary flowers, fennel flowers to name a few. Try freezing mint blossoms and leaves into your ice cubes for delicious and refreshing drinks on a summer day.
Other edible flowers include (this is just a partial list): Arugula, Carnations, Calendula, Hibiscus (makes a delicious tea), Hollyhocks, Jasmine, Daisies, Lilacs, Marigolds, Lemon Verbena, Nasturtiums, Chrysanthemums, Chicory, Day Lilies, Lavender, Squash blossoms, Violets and Pansies.
Learn how to make lilac sugar on page 105 in issue 1 of our magazine.
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