How to Choose Herb Blossoms for Eating



While the leaves of herbs are delicious, you can also rely on using herbal flowers to also add flavour to a meal in many instances. A flowering herb can make a delightful addition to a dish focusing on herbal flavours and to beautify the overall look of a dish. In some instances also, the flowers have unique properties of their own, such as chamomile flowers in tea. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of herbal flowers in your culinary pursuits.

Steps

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    Select suitable herb blossoms. There is a variety of good blossoms that can be found on herbs. Look for such flowers as:
    • Basil flowers
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    • Borage flowers
    • Chamomile flowers
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    • Chive flowers
    • Dill blossom
    • Fennel flowers
    • Lavender flowers
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    • Marjoram flowers
    • Mint flowers
    • Oregano flowers
    • Rosemary flowers
    • Thyme flowers
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    Use the flowers to their best advantage. Some flowers are best used as a tea, for example, chamomile flowers. Others make terrific garnishes on a dish or super additions to improve the overall look of a salad, such as basil flowers. Here are some basic ideas for usage:
    • Basil flowers - add to salads, use as a garnish on a plate or put atop a pasta dish
    • Borage flowers - use as a cooling addition to drinks and ice cubes, add to salads
    • Chamomile flowers - make tea
    • Chive flowers - add to salads, place as a garnish on a dish
    • Dill blossom - tasty addition to salad, as a garnish
    • Fennel flowers - salad garnish
    • Lavender flowers - use to make lavender sugar, in cookies/biscuits, as a garnish, to make lavender tea
    • Marjoram flowers - salad addition, garnish
    • Mint flowers - salad addition, garnish, tea (including as a garnish for mint tea)
    • Oregano flowers - salad addition, garnish
    • Rosemary flowers - salad addition, garnish
    • Thyme flowers - salad addition, garnish
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    Remove the stalks. In most cases, the stalk is will not be edible due to toughness or flavour.

Tips

  • Always use pesticide-free flowers to guarantee your health. Wash well to remove any foreign objects.
  • Always be sure to check allergies before using herbal flowers. For example, some people are very allergic to chamomile flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Blossoms from garden-grown herbs

Article Info

Categories: Herbs and Spices