With flowers being so beautiful and now locally available there are fun options available for garnishing dishes and cake as well. I saw a great clip on sustainable organic edible flowers that totally inspired me. Check out the link: http://www.youtube.com/embed/sz0dxa21x1A . It is so exciting to see people passionate about natural, locally grown product and exciting to see how flowers can be used to enhance a meal.
I do love the concept of mixing flowers with a meal...adding to the beauty by way of more that just one of our senses. No denying the visual appeal of a flower, but add the unexpected pleasure that they can create to your taste and that is exciting.
|lavender, thyme, dill, cilantro, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chives, and basil|
photo provided by http://whatscookingamerica.net/EdibleFlowers/EdibleFlowersMain.htm
I will pass along a few site that were great that got into the art of using and applying floral blooms to your recipes or to be used as garnish. There are so many unique flavours that different blooms will give. Anything from a delicate floral taste of the lavender, to a more pepper flavour of a carnation petal. Other flavours include spicy, bitter, tangy, lemony, mild vegetable and even some that have a licorice or anise taste. Flowers can be used to lightly flavour wines, vinegars and can be added to that special something, to a delightful salad or to make a cake scream for that extra attention. Flowers are fun, beautiful, flavourful and fragrant...guess just another reason why they are considered sensual!
Here is a couple links that I found that were incredibly informative:
I would love to hear how you have used flowers to add a special touch to your dinner party.