Spring Time and Edible Flowers by Valerie Brown Cheers

Spring is here and fast approaching is Easter and here are a few ideas using edible flowers as garnishes!  Yes…that is right flowers which we grow ourselves using organic dirt!  Remember anything God grows is for healing our bodies well-being, but make sure not sprayed with pesticide!

Pansy Flower Cupcakes ~ Yup! That’s a pansy flower on a cupcake. It’s edible and made with the simplest cutters.  Spring is right around the corner and these cupcakes would be perfect for an “outdoorsy” party!

Edible Pansy Flowers

Lemon Basil Shortbread Cookies with Edible Flower Garnish ~ Delicious shortbread cookies that combine sweet and savory flavors from the lemon and basil.  And, garnished with gorgeous edible flowers.

Edible Flower Recipe

Edible flowers aren’t only for trimming they’re ideal for incorporating into recipes. Here are astounding eatable bloom recipes complete with loads of pictures so you can make them at home for your loved ones. In this way, don’t simply pick blossoms for the middle of your table utilization them in recipe for the center of your plate.

Image from the Atlantic

When your guests ask what’s for dinner, you can say marigolds, primroses and violets. Just as the use of fresh herbs has come back into fashion and has proven to be more than a passing fad: edible flowers are all the rage.

The flowers are tasty, fresh and couldn’t be more local: straight from the garden. There are some cookbooks out now which show how edible flowers on food are more than just pretty.

Edible Flower Popsicles

Spring Bouquet Popsicles ~ Beautiful flower popsicles with orange blossom water, lemon juice, water and raw sugar.  You will definitely wow your guests!

Edible Flower Recipes

Sugared Edible Flowers~ Edible flowers like pansies, snaps dragons and violets make beautiful garnish on cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other delectable treats.  You can sugar or candy them with egg white and caster sugar so that they last longer.

Edible Flower Recipes

Granola with Lemon Yogurt and Edible Flowers ~ This is actually a recipe for making homemade lemon yogurt, not just the parfait.  Whip up these fancy parfaits for a fun and easy breakfast before school.

Edible Flower Salad Recipe

Green Salad with Edible Flowers ~ Add some color to a plain green salad with viola’s or small pansies.

Eatable Flowers

Gazpacho with Edible Flowers ~ What homemade soup wouldn’t look gorgeous on the table with edible flowers on it?!

Eatable Flowers

Edible Flower Canapes ~ Edible flower canapes with herbed cream cheese on melba toast.

How to Make Flowers

Sugar Dahlias Tutorial ~ These GORGEOUS Dahlias made from icing are so beautiful, I had to look twice to believe they weren’t real flowers. And even though they are a bit time consuming, you really only need to make one flower for the whole cake and you still get a big WOW factor.

Two favorite things about this time of year is edible flowers and Mother’s Day.  Two favorites collide with these grapefruit popsicles with edible flowers. Of course, you can add them to all sorts of things like ice cubes or ice tea or even to a salad. They’re the perfect garnish and always look so beautiful. One caveat with using edible flowers is that you have to ensure they haven’t been sprayed. Either grab them from your garden or neighborhood or buy them at grocery stores or farmers markets. http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/grapefruit-popsicles-edible-flowers/

Today’s top restaurants are finding ways to incorporate edible flowers in many aspects of their menus.  At many luxurious establishments, you may see an edible flower garnishing your pre-dinner drink.  The appetizer or salad may be sprinkled with vibrant, tasty, edible flowers and your main course can contain at least one, if not a blend of edible flowers to enhance the flavor and visual appeal of the dish.  For dessert you will find that many pastries and sorbets contain edible flowers either as an ingredient, or as a garnish.







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