July 16th, 2012
Edible Flowers at the Farm
Posted by F&S
As you know, we Frenchies are curious about so many things and just the other day, we started a discussion about edible flowers. Not all flowers are edible, so it’s important to be certain which ones are, as some flowers can be toxic. However, at the farm, there are many edible flowers growing in the vegetable garden and we decided to share some of them with you.
1 Sharkey, you and I have been working so hard on the farm. Don't you think it's time to stop and smell the roses?
2 Speaking of roses, Francesca, did you know that their petals are edible if they're pesticide free? And did you know that here are other edible flowers in the vegetable garden?
3 For example, these bright flowers are nasturtiums. They make a lovely garnish for salads and they taste sort of peppery, like watercress.
4 You're right, Sharkey! Another edible flower is borage. The vivid blue, star-shaped flowers have been added to salads since the Elizabethan times.
5 Borage has a similar taste to cucumber and was originally used as a garnish for the drink, Pimm's Cup. Bees love borage and it's frequently planted alongside vegetables to increase pollination.
6 Franny, look at these beautiful calendula flowers! Like nasturtiums, calendula petals can be used as a garnish.
7 The bright yellow and orange pigmentation is also used to color cheeses and also as a substitute for saffron.
8 This fluffy plant is coriander. The delicate white flowers will become a fruit, which is dried and used as the spice we know as coriander. The plants leaves are also used in cooking, but they have a different name - cilantro or Chinese parsley!
9 Are these tiny pink flowers edible too? Why, this plant smells like oregano! This is a very important culinary herb in Italian and Greek cuisine, as well as in the Middle East and in Latin America. And yes, the flowers are edible!
10 Sharkey! Look at these unusual garlic flowers!
11 The garlic flowers will blossom into large pinkish purple globes, but they can be enjoyed in the budding stage for their mild garlicky flavor.
12 Garlic blooms, look a lot like their cousin, the chive flower. That's because they're all part of the allium family.
13 Sharkey, isn't it wonderful that so many plants that look good can taste good too? You just have to know what's edible and be absolutely certain that they have not been sprayed with any sort of chemical.
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