Edible flowers are not only beautiful garden accents, but gorgeous food decoration. Fragrant fresh flowers and tender flower petals are tempting elements of elite cuisine, creative food decoration and exclusive meal presentation. Flower are used for preparing essential oils that help people to cope with stress. Edible flower syrups and extracts from fresh flowers are fabulous ingredients for liqueurs.
Supreme cuisine with edible flower arrangements used for food decoration create a very special atmosphere, improving mood and positive attitude. Some edible flowers, like chamomile or linden, help people to fight infections and diseases. Edible arrangements with fruits, chocolate and edible flowers are gorgeous, tasty and beautiful flower gift ideas. Sugar flowers are used for preparing sweets and desserts for outstanding table decoration and food presentation.
Edible creations with flowers are an important part of exclusive chef cuisine and elegant food decoration. Modern, organic and green cuisine uses edible flower parts not only for food decoration, but also for preparing healthy and nutritious meals, – soups, salads and side dishes.
Edible flowers cuisine and food decoration
What flowers are edible? Fist of all, flowers of vegetables and fruits that we eat. For example, you can decorate with onion flowers your meat dishes or a salad plate. Decorating with zucchini flowers creates bright plates that enhance festive table decor.
The list of edible flowers are extensive. Most of edible flower petals can be found in a garden or among plants used for home decorating. However, not all beautiful flowers are edible gifts of the nature. Some of them are only good for flower arrangements and home decorating, and not for cooking or food decoration.
The edible flower list includes pansies, marigolds, carnations, geraniums, gladioli, sweet peas, marigolds, clover, lavender, lilies, snapdragons, hollyhocks, nasturtiums, passionflower, petunia, sunflower, rose, daisy, lilac, winter cress, violets, sage, zucchini.
There are a lot of plants in our gardens with flowers or seeds that are poisonous. Do not experiment with plant flowers, unless you know for sure that the flower is safe to eat and good for health.
The art of food decoration, edible flower arrangements
Flower cuisine is offering spectacular holiday meals for salad, steak, pasta and sea food lovers. The steak looks very romantic with yellow and purple pansies. Edible flowers are excellent for garnish and adding bright colors to the plate and creating festive and happy mood.
Symbolic food decoration with edible flowers
Edible flowers in European cuisine are used for delicate and symbolic edible arrangements. A couple in love, eating food decorated with edible flowers, gives a promise to appreciate their differences and makes a wish that will come true. Beautiful blooming table decorations are the symbols of love which romanticize dining experience and make people feel very special. Edible flowers are a way of communication. Instead of words, beautiful food with bright edible flowers show tender feelings and create unforgettable memories.
Edible flower cuisine for special occasions
Romantic and spectacular edible flower decorations can be created for Valentine’s Day, weddings, engagements, birthdays and anniversaries dining. Elegantly decorated plates with edible flower arrangements looks gorgeous, offering healthy ingredients and charming food presentation.
Edible flower cuisine tips
Always be sure that flowers are edible before trying them, adding to food or experimenting for food decoration.
Use natural ingredients for recipes and edible flowers that grew far from highways, busy roads and industrial facilities.
Use organic flowers in edible flower cuisine.
Do not eat flowers from your own garden if you sprayed plants with chemicals.
Use only flower petals for cooking or food decoration. Pistils and stamens are usually not edible flower parts. Even petal parts of edible flowers that is close to the base can have bitter, unpleasant taste, so sometimes it is better to cut them off, especially for decorating desserts.
by Ena Russ
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