They decorate a salad, flavor a dessert or a dish in sauce. Edible flowers combine the useful with the pleasant, beautifying your garden and garnishing your plates.
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White, yellow, orange or red, the flowers of nasturtiums are single or double. These pretty flowers have their place in the vegetable garden. They attract pests such as aphids and thus keep them away from vegetable plants.
We then pick their flowers with a slightly peppery flavor and their gently sweet leaves.
Chives, which are usually eaten for their leaves, also offer delicious flowers. They take the form of pink to purple spherical umbels and have a taste close to onion.
Be careful not to eat the bulb, which is inedible and is even toxic to animals!
We use them for decorate salads or desserts. Marigold flowers are sometimes yellow, sometimes orange and have the ability to close at the end of the day. Their marked scent keeps insects away from the vegetable patch and this pretty plant offers many benefits for health. Marigold is considered antiviral, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Borage will give a gastronomic touch to your dishes! The flowers evoke the flavor of the oyster and the leaves have a fresh, tangy taste. But it's not just the taste that's interesting. Borage is a plant known for its emollient, softening, cleansing, sudorific and diuretic properties.
These are the flowering tops which are then used in infusion or fumigation. We also realize oil from the seeds which helps fight against aging of the skin. And what a pleasure to see these pretty blue flowers in the shape of stars.
Roman chamomile and German chamomile should not be confused. The first is used to create an essential oil and the second is found in herbal teas. However, both species are edible and can be used in cooking.
In general, we choose German chamomile instead because its mild flavor is reminiscent of honey. Romaine has a more bitter taste but has the advantage of facilitating digestion and bringing energy. In the garden, these pretty little white flowers, single or double in pompoms will not displease you.
Find out how to make chamomile tea
Lavender is also an edible plant and probably tastes like the smell. This concentrate from Provence has a marked flavor that can be used in syrups, infusions, coulis and in desserts. Thus, make an original lavender ice cream, a fragrant panna cotta or a savory dish in a meat marinade.
This plant is also cultivated to produce a sweet and creamy honey. We pick bouquets that we hang up and once the flower spikes are dry, they are placed in sachets to perfume the laundry. A multi-purpose plant to be consumed without moderation because of its healing, antiseptic, bactericidal and calming properties.
Discover the recipe for lavender honey butter waffles
And many others
The list of edible flowers is long! Here are some other species worth tasting:
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