It’s the time of year for enjoying fresh veggies from the garden. We are sure many of you are chowing down on some fresh garden tomatoes, sweet corn, lettuce and green beans. But did you know that other plants from your garden can produce some tasty treats?
Why not try some fried sunflower?
Everyone knows that these beautiful flowers can produce some tasty seeds. But how many of your have tried to eat the actual sunflower? Diners at the Eleven Madison Park in New York City are familiar with the creamy, woodsy taste of the sunflower. The sunflower is a cousin to the artichoke so it tastes similar.
The chefs at Eleven Madison Park strip away the pedals and the stem. Then they plunge it three times into boiling water, then an ice bath. Once the sunflower heart is braised until tender in a rich barigoule sauce of white wine, onion, fennel, thyme, bay leaves, and lemon—a riff on a classic artichoke preparation. The chef cakes one side with buttery brioche crust crumbs and sears it until it’s a perfect golden-brown disc.
This process helps remove the floral taste the flower gives off, making it quite delicious.
Marigold tastes great in soup?
Calendula or Marigolds are a tasty addition to many common dishes. Their sharp taste resembles saffron (also known as Poor Man’s Saffron). Has pretty petals in golden-orange hues. Sprinkle them on soups, pasta or rice dishes, herb butters, and salads. Petals add a yellow tint to soups, spreads, and scrambled eggs.
Daylilies are a vegetable?
OK, not really, but they taste like a combination of asparagus and zucchini. You can sprinkle the flowers on a spring salad or use them in a dessert. Some people think that different colored blossoms have different flavors. Use Daylilies in your cooking sparingly; they can act as a diarrhetic.
Bea Balm on your pizza?
Wild bee balm tastes like oregano and mint. The taste of bee balm is reminiscent of citrus with soft mingling of lemon and orange. The red flowers have a minty flavor. Any place you use oregano, you can use bee balm blossoms. The leaves and flower petals can also be used in both fruit and regular salads. The leaves taste like the main ingredient in Earl Gray Tea and can be used as a substitute.
For more edible flowers and what to do with them visit: http://whatscookingamerica.net/EdibleFlowers/EdibleFlowersMain.htm