7 Ways to Use Edible Flowers

March 22, 2018
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Edible Flower on a cookie
Edible blossoms add a pretty pop of color and flavor to baked goods (and so much more) in the kitchen.

Edible flowers make a lovely, colorful addition to any salad, cake, cookie or table. But, why stop there? Consider these seven simple recipes with easy-to-find ingredients for making the most of your favorite fragrant (and tasty) blooms. Added bonus? These recipes make great homemade gifts too. 

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FLOWER SUGAR

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup chopped flower petals

Stir flowers into sugar and let sit for a week. The sugar absorbs the moisture and flavor and the petals remain to add color and texture. Especially nice on the rim of cocktail glasses.

FLOWER VINEGAR

2 cups white wine vinegar
½ cup flower petals

Add flowers to vinegar and store in dark, cool place for a week. Strain flowers and use vinegar in dressings and other recipes calling for vinegar.

FLOWER VODKA

2 cups vodka
½ cup flower petals

Add flowers to vodka, allow to sit for 48 hours, then strain.

FLOWER ICE CUBES

2 cups distilled water
A handful of flowers

Boil water, then cool to room temperature. Fill ice cubes 1/4 full, add flowers face down and freeze until solid. Repeat process until cubes are completely filled and frozen.

FLOWER HONEY

1 cup flower petals
1 pound honey

Use lavender or rosemary blossoms for a stronger honey; rose petals or other more floral blooms for a more fragrant flavor. Make a bundle of flower petals in cheesecloth and add to honey. Leave in a bright, sunny place for a week, then check flavor. Leave longer for a more pronounced flavor. When ready, remove the petal bag and use.

FLOWER BUTTER

½ cup flower petals
½ pound sweet butter

Stir petals into softened butter with a fork, form into a log and wrap well. Chill and slice off sections to top warm dishes or use in recipes. Keeps refrigerated for two weeks or frozen up to six weeks.

FLOWER SYRUP

1 cup water
3 cups sugar
1 cup flowers

Boil ingredients for 10 minutes, strain and store refrigerated two weeks. Use in cocktails and other drinks, for topping pancakes, waffles, ice cream and other sweet dishes.

Article from Edible Northeast Florida at http://ediblenortheastflorida.ediblecommunities.com/recipes/7-ways-use-edible-flowers
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