A Look at Edible Flowers and Plants

Written by Channel 11 Houston on November 26, 2013. Posted in Crystallized flowers, Edible flowers, Edible flowers for salads


Have you ever visited a restaurant and been presented with a beautiful plate adorned with edible flowers and plants? These can be used as a garnish or even as a side or main dish. Edible flowers and plants, including microgreens are becoming and extremely popular way to enhance the look and taste of culinary offerings. The history of these edible flowers and plants is long with the petals of the bee balm flower being used as a tea substitute after the Boston Tea Party.

There are many edible flowers and plants that you may or may not know about. These microgreen varieties include kale, beets, arugula, wasabi, and broccoli. You can also find many different types of lettuce varieties. Artichokes, cauliflower, and squash blossoms are also on the list of edible flowers and plants.

These edible flowers and plants are usually grown by specialty farmers. The growing time of these edible flowers and plants can range from as little as one to two weeks, and then up to four to six weeks.

While growing edible flowers and plants should be left to the professionals who have the knowledge and space to provide a great harvest, you can find these edibles in many different places. For instance, many farmers markets offer many of these offerings grown by local farmers. You can also find micro herbs that can accompany these edible flowers and plants to add some zest to your dish.

You can find many different edible flowers and plants including some that have been crystallized with sugar. Candied violets were first popular in the Victorian era and are still created by confectioners today. The beautiful plants are first soaked in a sugar and egg white solution and then allowed to dry, keeping the colors intact. You can add these to cheese planters, desserts, and drinks to create a unique look and taste.

There are many other ways you can use edible flowers and plants. For example, you can use a tasty microgreen mix as a tasty addition to sandwiches. Many of these mixes are peppery or nutty in taste and are a great alternative to lettuce. You can also add edible flowers and plants to sushi for a unique presentation and taste. You can even use these tasty plants as a great topping for pizzas and pastas.

If you are looking for something unique for your next dinner party, find some edible plant delights and your guests will be giving you plenty of compliments.
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