#EatPretty: Edible Flowers
You may or may not have noticed some bright and beautiful flowers in your Sakara organic meal delivery lately...
Eat them! That's why they're there! Flowers are way too overlooked as a food source, and not just for mere garden passers-by appreciation.
It's no surprise we have a thing for these beauties, and since we are what we eat, why wouldn't we eat an arrangement of flowers? They taste pretty great, too. And not only are they pretty, but their vitamin and mineral content is unmatched. I mean, just look at that color!
Edible flowers like the Pansy, Nasturtium Flower, Apple Blossom, Orchid and Borage Blossom are chock full of vitamins A, C and D, and are high in calcium, iron and phosphorus.
Of course, the easiest way to get your own edible flower arrangement is by growing them yourself, however, if short on space and fertile soil, a few other options are Whole Foods and your local farmers market (especially during summer months!). Also, online shops such as Gourmet Sweet Botanicals, Marx Foods, and Melissa's will ship to you overnight so as to keep the flowers as fresh as possible!
Here's what we're currently crushing on:
1) Pansy Mix
FUN FACT: Pansy petals have a lettuce / grassy taste to them but when the whole flower is consumed, it has more of a mild wintergreen / minty flavor.
2) Borage Blossom
FUN FACT: Also known as starflower, bee bush, bee bread, and bugloss, these petals are more of a medicinal herb with a cucumber-like taste. Leaves can also be used for teas and other beverages.
FUN FACT: These stunners are used for everything from cake decoration to plate garnish, with a flavor that's a mix between cucumber and endive. Try adding them into your next stir fry.
5) Nasturtium Flower
FUN FACT: This one has a spicier bite, similar to watercress, making it a great garnish on salads and soups (and, we think their flavor compliments very well alongside some chives...)