Flickr photo by JoyeFlowers aren't just for decoration -- some are for eating, too!
Edible flowers as a garnish look totally chic for dinner parties, and it's an easy way to impress guests.
You have to be careful, though, when choosing which ones to eat. Some flowers can be toxic, and you always want ones grown organically without pesticides. Here's a list of edible blooms.
Your best bet is to never pick them but rather check out your local farmers' market (where you can talk to the grower) or an organic store like Whole Foods.
Now that summer is coming, you should be able to buy them in your specialty grocery stores in a mixed batch like in the photo.
I like to candy mine to add a little sweet flavor. Plus, the sugar makes them sparkle.
Check out the recipe ...
Candied Edible Flowers
- Edible flowers (washed and dried)
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup superfine sugar
1. In a bowl, combine egg white with a few drops of water and beat until frothy.
2. In a shallow dish, spread out sugar.
3. Using a small paint brush, coat petals with egg white and dip into sugar.
4. Place on a baking sheet with waxed paper until dried out -- about 12 to 36 hours. Repeat with the rest of your flowers.
Try them in salad, to top dessert, or as a garnish to the main course. Store extras in an air-tight container.
Have you ever eaten edible flowers?