There's no denying that I love flowers. If you know me well enough, you will also know that I LOVE food. Love it. So combining the two is only natural, right?! Edible flowers aren't anything new. In fact, flowers have been used for medicinal purposes and flavouring for centuries, with the first recorded mention being in 140BC, but we have no doubt been eating them since our earliest hunter-gatherer days at the dawn of time.
Many of the vegetables we eat have edible flowers, or are actually flowers themselves! Broccoli, Kale and Cauliflower are the flower of their plant, and some varieties of peas & beans have pretty flowers you can chomp on too. Stuffed zucchini flowers are a delicious Mediterranean specialty and banana flowers are a used in lots of yummy Thai dishes.
You have probably seen pretty little flowers used to garnish food in restaurants, and more than likely have grown them yourself at some stage, whether on purpose or by accident! Here is a list of some common edible flowers - but please note - other parts of some plants can be poisonous so make sure you always double check what you're picking!
- English Marigold
- Japanese Honeysuckle
If you're ever in doubt - please cross-check with Google or someone in the know. Containers of edible flowers can be purchased if you need them for a special recipe - I can take orders for these at any time!
With summer beating down upon us now, what better time to try out some super simple recipes using edible flowers? These Edible Flower & Elderflower Popsicles from Chew Town are perfect for our Aussie summer:
4 cups water Various edible flowers (petals retained) 1 tablespoon elderflower cordial
Place petals inside the popsicle moulds being sure to layer them on top of each other and not compact them.
Mix water and elderflower cordial in a large jug and stir well to combine.
Gently pour the cordial mixture into the popsicle moulds trying not to unseat the petals too much. Insert popsicle sticks and place in the freezer until frozen solid.
To remove from the moulds gently place bottom of moulds in warm water until the popsicles pull free. Makes 10.
Remember, always be careful when picking flowers to eat - and if in doubt, order a container full for only $10 by giving us a call or email!
Happy eating x