Edible Flowers: Plant a Gourmet Garden

Tired of always using the same ingredients? Edible flowers are a fabulous way to brighten up your recipes. Enjoy the aroma, flavors and c...

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Tired of always using the same ingredients? Edible flowers are a fabulous way to brighten up your recipes. Enjoy the aroma, flavors and color they will add to your dishes! Check out some of the most widely used edible flowers in international cuisine to wow your guests and add a new twist to mealtime.

Borage

Nature is full of options to enrich your nutrition and add a touch of originality to everything you cook. Borage flowers are a versatile and easy-to-use ingredient in both sweet and savory recipes. Borage can be included in salads or used as a complement in parfaits and soups, although it is also useful for adding an amazing aroma to more elaborate meals, such as stews or desserts.

Lavender

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Of all the flowers that it is possible to consume in their raw form, perhaps lavender is a favorite. Known for its sweet aroma, this edible flower has a somewhat bitter taste but a rather sweet perfume. The most experienced chefs recommend combining the exotic flavor of lavender with foods such as strawberries, raspberries, pears and citrus fruits such as orange and lemon.

Edible flowers: Nasturtium

Nasturtium works with all kinds of recipes but it is especially good in salads as the flowers help to highlight the flavors of fresh greens and dressings. When it comes to cooked foods, experts recommend adding a nasturtium at the very end. They can also be used in sauces and vinaigrettes.

Calendula adds flavor

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Calendula is known in the world of gastronomy as the ‘saffron of the poor’ since, when combined with olive oil, it releases a flavor that is similar to that of this coveted spice. This flower can serve different purposes: it highlights flavors, its yellowish color and a slightly bitter taste also add a nice touch to salads and other vegetables.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus, is an ingredient  with a bitter taste that adds a splash of color. It is ideal for preparing juices, teas and other types of cocktails. It has also been used as a replacement for animal protein in salads and tacos. It’s flavor is similar to blueberry and it adds aroma and light flavor to your infusions. It’s also a beautiful garnish.

Roses are edible flowers

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Rose petals fulfill numerous gastronomic tasks, since they serve to give traditional meals new aromas and flavors with a slight fruity touch. The scent of roses is usually somewhat strong, but their flavor is relatively mild and sweet. They can be integrated into recipes such as soups, salads, desserts and some types of jams.

Pumpkin flower

Raw or cooked, pumpkin flowers are used in international gastronomy to add color and aroma to a wide range of recipes. They can be stuffed with meat, cheese or blended to prepare creams. The sky is the limit! The nutritional value of pumpkin flowers is another of its attractions, as it contains vitamins A, C, E and K, and minerals such as zinc, magnesium and calcium. Without a doubt, pumpkin flowers are a healthy and delicate option that will enhance the flavor of your recipes.

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