A Guide to Edible Flowers

| 9/18/2013 4:03:00 PM

A Guide to Edible Flowers

            Many good cooks love to add new ingredients to their meals, not only their favorite herbs or spices, but an edible flower or two.  Many herbs do double duty in the garden because their flowers are also edible.  No garden should be without an herb garden or herbs planted among the vegetables.  Most seed catalogs have a section on herbs and edible flowers. 

Anise Hyssop The fuzzy finger-sized mauve flowers add an anise (licorice) undertone to green leaf or fruit salads.

Basil is a valuable kitchen herb that produces bracts of tiny white flowers on green or purple stems, which you’ll want to snip immediately to keep the plant from setting seed and lose the aromatic oils in its leaves.  Toss blossoms in your salads or herb butter.

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