Today, many chefs and innovative cooks garnish their dishes with flowers to give them a special touch. If you want to change your meal appearance, you can add some spicy colors to your meal through flowers. There are flowers which are purely edible but some of them are poisonous too. So, before using flowers in cooking make sure that they’re edible. The post enhances the significance of some of the edible flowers. Growing edible flowers can be easy. You may find some of them even in your garden. Garnishing your food plate using flowers is a new attraction but rectifying whether those flowers are edible or not may be precarious.
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How To Choose Edible Flowers :
1. Calendula : Calendulas are also called marigolds. It’s flavor drives you from spicy to bitter and the sharp taste often resembles saffron. The petals have golden-orange tone which give attractive appearance. To add elegance, you can toss it into green salads, sprinkle them on soups, pasta or rice. But only the petals are edible.
2. Carnations : Carnations are one of the secret ingredients that has been used in making French liquor, since 17th century. They can be steeped in wine, or use for decorating cakes. These petals add colors to salad and make them look innovative.
3. Roses : Roses are one of the rare combination which have beauty as well as various other uses. They add sweetness and flavor to cakes and are used for garnishing purpose. Sprinkle fuchsia rose petals for an elegant look over chocolate cake. It looks marvelous. Roses make gorgeous look to cakes, ice-creams and cookies. Petals are a delicate portion of roses which can improve look of soft drinks or fruit dishes. They can be used to make jellies. Make sure to remove white heel from the base of the petals before eating.
4. Pansies : It is a good idea to grow Pansies yourself rather than ordering them from the source. Use them to decorate cocktails, soups and desserts. They are sweet purple, white colored flowers that look adorable while garnishing on top of sugar cookies and on cakes. You can detach their petals and use to sprinkle on salads.
5. Lilacs : Lilacs looks gorgeous after removing small blossoms around them. Add to a pitcher of cold water to make a refreshing floral drink on spring. They smell better than they taste, so use in less amount for eating. Fill a glass with fresh lilac blossoms then lavish it with the spring water. Steer for an hour. Strain before serving. Drink in with the aroma. Scattering some lilac blossoms on green salads also gives the new appearance.
6. Dandelions : Dandelions are sweetest when picked young. Dandelions are members of daisy family. Their younger flowers are sweet, honey-like while matured ones are bitter. Dandelion buds are more tasty than the flowers. Best plucking time for them is when they are nearer to the ground, and tightly bunched in center. Young leaves are tossed in salads. They’re also used while serving rice.
Needful things before consuming flowers:
- Keep flowers in a fridge or any other cool place until they’re ready to use, then wash them gently. They remain fresh in the fridge for few days.
- Strictly, use organic flowers that have not been sprayed. If you have any doubt regarding the edible ones, approach experts before consuming them.
- Wash with gentle cold water before use.
- You can store them in fridge covering with plastic bags that can keep them fresh for a long time. Around three days.
- After washing them, allow them to dry at room temperature or on kitchen paper.
- Pick only vibrant flowers for use.
- Over-consumption may be dangerous, some flowers are safe to eat only in small amounts.
- Be aware! Toxic elements are easily mistaken for edible varieties.
Flowers are not only made for beauty. They’re used for various purposes. There are certain edible flowers but don’t mismatch with a dangerous one. You may have some of the flowers from above mentioned at your garden. Use them to garnish your dishes and cocktails. Other edible flowers are borage, bee balm, daylily, nasturtiums etc. Give your dish, an elegant touch with the help of flowers.
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