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Mama always said, make sure you eat your…FLOWERS?

14 Jul

So have you ever looked at a flower and thought “this looks so beautiful, I just want to bite it!”?  (Maybe not? LOL) There are some flowers that are edible.  Who would of thunk? I wouldn’t think that you would make a whole meal solely out of flowers.  But you may use them as garnishes for some of your exotic dishes, and garnishes should be edible.

There are some familiar flowers that we may not have considered to be flowers that we already consume regularly like… Anise Hyssop, Arugula, Basil, Chives, Cornflower, Fennel, Mint , Mustard, Sage, and Thyme.  But then there are the flowers that we may not have considered as edible at all, but actually are, like… Bee Balm, Carnation, Chrysanthemum,  Dandelion, Gardenia, Lilac Pansy, Sunflower, and Violet.

Here are some of these flowers in their culinary element…

Chocolate Lilac Pop

Fruit Filled Melon with Anise Hyssop Chiffonade

Mint: Mojito Leg of Lamb

Gardenia Butterscotch Bread

Note: Some edible flowers should not be consumed in large amounts as they can be poisonous.  Please refer to this chart at http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/blflowers.htm, for a more extensive listing of the flowers and their do’s and don’ts.

Mmm take a bite out of that!

Pictures taken from:

http://www.moonglowlounge.wordpress.com

http://www.tenthousandlicks.wordpress.com

http://www.cookfoodmostlyplants.blogspot.com

http://www.cookingwithsin.com

http://www.letsmasak.blogspot.com

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4 Responses to “Mama always said, make sure you eat your…FLOWERS?”

  1. Gloria July 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    These are SOOO creative and adorable. I love it! And edible too.

    • Hershey July 20, 2011 at 12:36 am #

      Hi Gloria i am really excited about the Mohito leg of lamb.

  2. Kimberley July 20, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    Omg,i didn’t know there were so many, i love it!

    • Hershey July 20, 2011 at 12:37 am #

      Kimberley I didn’t realize that there were so many myself. Some very interesting stuff here.

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