“The thing perhaps is to eat flowers and not be afraid” e.e. cummings
I received the most wonderful gift and I’m excited to share it! “Eat Your Roses” is a book written by Denise Schreiber and she offers fun flower facts and savory recipes that include many of our most favorite blossoms. She begins her book by stating, “Eating flowers is one of the true pleasures in life, providing sustenance to our senses and renewing our joy in food.”
I have always been curious about flowers presented to me as food. Thinking that their home should be in a vase or in the garden, the idea that they can also be included on my plate has always been rather puzzling to me. How would I know which ones are edible and which could possibly be very harmful or deadly if ingested? I have been served salads that include nasturtiums and I must admit that I have been hesitant to actually take a bite of them.
Schreiber very carefully spells out the rules for eating edible flowers and also lists many in her book that can cause toxic reactions or serious illness. Did you know that broccoli and Brussels sprouts are examples of edible flowers? And, that rose petals can be added to butters, sugar, candy, baked goods, and even ice cream? Rose hips are filled with Vitamin C and make a very tasty jam.
“Eat Your Roses” includes interesting descriptions and uses for pansies, lavender and 49 other edible flowers. Schreiber’s recipes for appetizers, side dishes, salads, entrees, desserts, and drinks that include flowers provide creative taste treats that will certainly leave a lasting impression on your guests that they will remember for a very long time!
To learn more about garden edible delicacies, you can click here to purchase Denise Schreiber’s most fascinating book! (link to “Eat Your Roses” book on my website)