The Basics of Edible Flowers

Candied flowers

What exactly are edible flowers? Most people definitely don’t think this means real flowers; if you’ve ever walked through a garden and tasted a tulip or petunia petal, you probably know that flowers aren’t the most appetizing of plants when eaten on their own.

The thing is, when you add a crystallization process into the mix, you end up with delicious and beautiful accents that are real flowers and taste great.

Don’t believe it?

Think about herbal teas, for example. It’s very common to see teas that are infused with lavender, hibiscus, or rose flavorings. These flavors are delicious when they’re assembled with the right ingredients, and this is exactly why edible flowers can taste great too. Crystallized rose petals, violas, and pansies are just a few of the most popular types of crystallized edible flowers.

The process of growing this flowers and crystallizing them isn’t a particularly simple task. Even if you consider yourself a great gardener, it takes a lot of attention to detail to make sure that the flowers look just as amazing as they taste. The actual crystallization process, too, requires a great deal of skill; one small mistake can ruin the entire composition or consistency of an entire flower.

Making edible flowers truly is one of the most unique art forms today, and it’s also one of the tastiest! The flowers make great accents for virtually any dish: they can be added for flavor in salads or for garnish on main dishes.

Not all flowers are safe for human consumption and sometimes the prettiest flowers do not provide an appealing taste, so the benefit in buying these flowers from a professional service is that you can be sure you’re getting the best quality flowers available. This is one artisan cooking trend that you don’t want to miss!

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