Our edible flowers are awesome!!
I have always loved flowers. I majored in Botany at University so have an intimate knowledge of flowers. We currently supply commercial quantities of certified organic flowers to restaurants, for more information please contact us.
There are, however, a few important rules to observe when consuming flowers:
1. Don’t eat flowers from non-organic sources such as florists, supermarkets, nurseries, gardens, or roadsides as they may contain pesticide residue. The pesticides used on flowers from non-organic sources has generally not been assessed to determine their safety on food.
2. If you have hay fever, allergies or asthma it is best to be cautious, as with other foods, and not eat flowers as they may cause an allergic reaction. This may be caused by sensitivity to pollen.
3. Some flowers, although they may look and smell devine, (such as sweet peas) are actually poisonous. It is therefore best to buy packaged organically certified flowers from a shop or markets . The Internet is a good source of information about safe edible flowers.
4. Introduce flowers gradually to your diet.
Flowers have been used since Roman times as a garnish or as an integral part of food . References to their use is found in Middle Eastern, Indian and Chinese cultures. They were popular in Victorian times and have recently enjoyed a revival in our cooking.
There are many ways to use flowers: they can be used whole or just petals can be used. The sunflower is one where you just use the petals.
The most common use for flowers is as a garnish but recipes can be found for their use in baking, sauces, jelly, syrup, vinegars, honey, tea, oil, candied flowers, wine and flavored liquors.
Before use you may wish to wash the flowers. It is best to do this just before you use them. The force of water from a kitchen tap is often too harsh and can damage them so gently dunk them in a bowl of water or spray lightly with water then place on paper towels and pat dry. Always keep in the refridgerator in a container with no holes as they are quickly destroyed by air .
Some of the flowers we commonly grow are calendula, roses and sunflowers ( for their petals) , violas, pansies, marigold, nasturium, dianthus, freesia, stocks and cornflowers.
Most of the herb flowers are edible and may have the taste of the herb itself – chives, garlic, leeks , basil, rocket, borage, chervil, coriander, fennel, ginger, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
Vegetable flowers commonly used are broccoli, okra, radish and squash (zucchini).
A simple easy way to use edible flowers is to make ice cubes containing edible flowers . When the ice melts in your drink you still have the beautiful flower .
Enjoy your edible flowers they are a lot of fun in cooking !