Edible Flowers for Cooking & Garnishing
When used as an ingredient or simply a garnish, edible flowers can be a boon for innovative cooks. They’ll add a fresh flourish of color and introduce unusual flavors to your dishes.
It may be trendy, but it's nothing new. For centuries, cultures around the world have brightened their recipes by adding flowers. In Roman times, for example, roses were used for cooking and flavoring food. Rosewater was also put in fountains and baths to help people freshen up. Flowers delight our senses in so many ways – sight, smell, touch – it's not surprising that some flowers can be treats for our taste buds as well.
Today, many restaurant chefs and innovative home cooks garnish their entrees with flower blossoms for a touch of elegance. The secret to success when using edible flowers is to keep the dish simple, do not add too many other flavors that will overpower the delicate taste of the flower. Today this nearly lost art is enjoying a revival.