For thousands of years, flowers have been incorporated into our cuisine. Chinese cooks had experimented with edible flowers as early as 3,000 BC, and the Romans included roses and violets in their meals and lavender in dressings. This remains a popular trend today, and numerous restaurants use petals to provide a distinctive taste and appearance.
But restaurant chefs aren’t the only ones who can use flowers in the kitchen; you can do too, especially if you grow edible flowers in your own garden. In this article, we list a few of them that you can easily cultivate at home. And if you haven’t yet read the first part of this blog, check it out now!
VIOLETS -ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS EDIBLE FLOWERS
We place them first because, apart from the visual beauty and the contrast that they suppose with their colors, they have a pleasant and sweet flavor and can be prepared in a thousand ways.
This type of flower was one of the first to be consumed and provides a large group of antioxidants and vitamins. Its cultivation in the garden, if you decided to take advantage of all its potential, is very simple. You can even grow it in pots and have them at home (even on the balcony) to use its petals as they come out during the flowering months.
ZUCCHINI FLOWER -A VERY FINE AND SWEET FLAVOR
The zucchini flower is less known in certain countries but in Italy, for example, they use it a lot. They call it zuccini and it has a very fine taste and a bit sweet.
Now that you also know that you can enjoy edible zucchini flowers, keep this in mind when you plant zucchini in the garden. Don’t throw the flowers away. You can search on the internet for a lot of recipes where zucchini flowers are included, even as a single dish without adding anything else.
Many restaurants that now have Michelin stars have these types of flowers on their plates. The fries are incredibly tasty (although not as healthy), and even they are no longer used just as a side dish, but the edible flowers are the dish.
CARNATION – FLOWERS OF THE POETS’ FAMILY
There are varieties of carnations such as the poet’s carnation that bring more than just visual beauty to the garden. They have a somewhat sweet taste that works well in many desserts, salads, fruits and anything else you can think of.
On the other hand, even though it only has the name in common, the traditional carnation is also on the list of edible flowers that you can use. It is said to have a slight peppery flavor.
JASMINE FLOWER – TO ADD FLAVOR
Orientals use it with unparalleled skill and it turns out that this aroma is incredibly good for meat. Jasmine tea is a reference for the use of this flower. Arabic cuisine also uses it in its desserts.
In general, this edible flower makes an excellent aromatic contribution to dishes. It is common to see this jasmine flower introduced in sweet recipes, because of the flavor it brings.
ORANGE BLOSSOM, AN INVIGORATING SCENT
A flower that we already fall in love with with its aroma on the tree. Its use in cooking is equally captivating. With its sweet notes, it is widely used in desserts, but it can also be used in meats and savory dishes to create a contrast.
Orange blossom is widely used in perfumes and fragrances, and if we know how to take advantage of it, we can give a second life to our dishes.
Using the edible flowers of the orange blossom, present in citrus fruits, we can make fantastic ice creams, giving them the olfactory touch they deserve. For example, a popular recipe is cherry or strawberry ice cream with orange blossom notes, orange blossom flan, almond sodas, etc.
With these ideas, you now know which edible flowers you can easily grow in your garden. If you have already tried one of them and have a delicious receipe, don’t forget to share it with us in the comments below.