Flowers are used more for decoration than for flavor. When dressing up summer salads, keep this in mind. Don’t overdo it. When it comes to flavoring your salads with flowers, less is more. There are many edible flowers, and many herbs with edible blooms. Although thyme and chive flowers can be eaten, the strong onion taste of the chive flower might surprise you.
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The flower blossoms are used to spice foods and blend herbal teas. Chamomile, lavender, hibiscus and violas are the best-flavored ones. The leaves and other parts of edible flowers can be toxic and could trigger allergic reactions. When dressing up a salad with flowers, there are a few things you should know. The first is to add the dressing to the salad before adding the flowers. This prevents discoloration.
Rinse your flowers before you cut them. You should not cut the flowers before you serve the salad. The flowers could wilt if they are cut too soon. Make an easy Edible Flower Dressing by mixing 1/2 cup safflower oils, 1/4 cup honey, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
Mix this for a minute. Mix the dressing into the salad. Sprinkle some pretty flowers on top. This makes for a colorful and impressive presentation. You might be wondering if the flowers in your yard can be eaten. It will surprise you at how many of these flowers are edible.
You can often use parts of the leaves while still using the flower as an attractive garnish. It is important to let your guests know which parts are for display. Teas can be made with leaves of bee balm, for example. They can be added to a salad and have a citrus flavor of orange and lemon. Although they make a beautiful garnish, the red flowers are not to be eaten.
Borage leaves and flowers can only be found if you have them planted in your garden. Although the flowers can be used as accents in punch bowls, they can be toxic in large quantities. The leaves taste similar to cucumber and can be used with vegetables, soups, tuna salads, potato and tuna salads, and teas. You can use geranium leaves in ice cream, puddings, and other desserts. These leaves can also be used to make jelly.
The flavor is similar to a mix of coconut, lemon and nutmeg. However, it will vary depending on which geranium you use. Avoid eating geranium leaves from your local nursery. It is not possible to know what chemicals were used on them.
Calendula and other marigold flowers were once used to substitute expensive spices like saffron. Only use the petals. Use the petals only. When placed in a green salad, pansies and violets add vibrant color. Be sure to remove the stamen, pistil and heel of the flower before you use it. Also, only use the petals. Johnny jump-ups taste great when paired with peaches. Now you can see your curiosity is piqued. There are many edible flowers. However, it is important to do your research and determine which parts are safe to eat. Here are some more information: bachelor buttons, dandelions and daylilies, and chrysanthemums. You never know, your edible flower garden might become a salad garden.