Eating Vegetable Blossoms Wisely

Kristie A. Raburn By Kristie A. Raburn, 11th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2l68e0v-/
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The blossoms or flowers from each of these vegetable plants are edible: Onion blooms, Okra blossoms, Radish flowers, Squash Blossoms, Pea blossoms, Runner Bean blossoms, Sage blooms, Society Garlic blooms, and Yucca blossoms. Some of the more common edible herb blossoms are: Rosemary, Chamomile, Cilantro, Fennel, Marjoram, Mint, Mustard, Oregano and Thyme.

Pick Blossoms in the Morning

Pick your blossoms in the morning when their water content is at its highest. Then bathe them gently in a salt-water bath of one teaspoon of salt to one cup of water. Immediately drop them in ice water for 1 minute. Gently dry them on a paper towel. For best results, use your blossoms immediately (do not use the stamen or the stems). If you aren’t going to use them immediately, store the whole stem and blossom in a glass of water in the refrigerator overnight. Vegetable and herb blossoms can be used for a multitude of dishes from garnishes to teas and salads.

Learn What Parts Are Edible

Alliums (leeks, chives, garlic, garlic chives) also known as the "Flowering Onions" include approximately 400 species such as the familiar onion, garlic, chives, ramps, and shallots. All members of this genus are edible. Their flavors range from mild onions and leeks right through to strong onion and garlic. All parts of the plants are edible. The flowers tend to have a stronger flavor than the leaves and the young developing seed-heads are even stronger. Eat the leaves and flowers mainly in salads. The leaves can also be cooked as a flavoring with other vegetables in soups or tossed with roasted vegetables and potatoes.

Blooms Are Great in Salads

Basil blooms are either bright white, pale pink or lavender. The flavor of the blossom is milder, but similar to basil leaves. There are different varieties that have different milder flavors like lemon and mint. Sprinkle the blossoms over salad or pasta for a concentrated flavor and a splash of color.

Tips & Warnings

• Eat flowers only when you are positive they are edible.
• Use only those products labeled for use on edible crops.
• Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries or garden centers. In many cases these flowers have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops.

Tags

Blossoms, Flowers, Organic, Organic Eating, Organic Foods, Organic Gardening, Vegatables

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author avatar Kristie A. Raburn
Poet, short story and technical writer who is also a collector of wonderful cookbooks. Currently working on book ideas with poetry and cryptographs in mind.

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