The use of edible flowers in our everyday meals has gained increasing popularity in Perth.
This can be a creative and natural way of adding lively flavors, colors & textures to our culinary creations.
Studies have found people have tendencies to eat with their eyes, with the inclusion of edible flowers to a dish it takes anything from ordinary to extraordinary while keeping with the awareness of what we are feeding our bodies.
Ever had a difficulties feeding fussy eaters? Children with colour toned eating habits?
The reason edible flowers are grown specifically for culinary purposes is due to the organic practices used over chemical preventative methods for infestation outbreaks.
Flower Cookery has a long history, dating as far back as 3000BC.
In ancient China and perhaps still today, the Peony flower was considered to be a symbol of romance and prosperity.
Peony water considered to be a delicacy, today we use the petals to add a hint of floral flavor or garnish luxurious delights.
Flower cookery became especially popular in the Victorian era. In Rome, rose petals and violas were used in their baking and lavender as an ingredient to the savoury gravies.
A few of the most common edible flowers can be found in your garden’s at home!
Marigolds – these warm coloured beauties are usually in abundance over the summer time. An easy to grow & cheap alternative to saffron.
With a citrus aftertaste, a great way to yellow rice and garnish curries.
Alyssum – common to most gardens and available year round. It tastes similar to that of Kale. Try adding those to your omelets, salads or soups.
Begonia (x tuberhybrida) – has brightly color flowers with a light lemon taste and crisp texture. Perfect addition to picnic sandwiches.
Fuschia flowers – the captivating pinks, purple and red colors, sharp-edged shapes, and textures of the fuschia flowers make them super eye-catching! They can be suspended in jellies or placed in a fruit salad with their health benefits an added bonus.
Chive blossoms – white, delicate blooms that shoot through a mature chive plant, is a great way to add the herb to your dishes!
At The Sweetest Petal there are more than 40 (and counting) types of edible flowers. All grown from heirloom seed sourced from a well-known organic seed provider.