We all agree that flowers are important for insects, birds, animals, and humans. As a matter of fact, adding flowers to our lives increase our positive energy and reduces our stress level.
It is incredible how many flowers or parts of flowers are edible, and most edible flowers are easy to grow. Our general knowledge about edible flowers comes from old herbals when food also had a medicinal purpose. For instance, eating flowers was commonplace in medieval times.
In addition to looking good, smelling great, and being delicious, most edible flowers are rich in Vitamin C. Edible flowers can provide calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin A, niacin, and riboflavin for their valuable nutrient content.
Of course, some varieties of edible flowers are more palatable than others, but there are so many choices available that you are sure to find some of the ones that appeal to your palate.
Dill, mustard, chives and fennel, roses, borages, pansies, hibiscus, geraniums, cupid’s darts, marigolds, calendulas, and tulips are probably more common and familiar to you. Chances are that you already tasted edible flower leaves and petals in your salad. How about doing it the other way around and stuffing edible flowers like tulips, magnolia, or yucca flowers with your salad?
Go ahead and try stir-fried daylilies, sage flowers tempura, lavender ice cream, stuffed zucchini blossoms, rose butter, magnolia syrup, candied flowers and delicious edible flowers teas for a more adventurous experience with edible flowers.
Keep in mind that, just like mushrooms, not every flower is edible. That is why it is important to do sufficient research to ensure your safety and avoid flowers that may have been treated with fungicide, herbicide, or insecticide.
Edible flowers are an easy way to add colour and flavour to your favourite dishes, so why not make them an essential and permanent part of our cuisine.
Published in July issue of Cowichan Valley Voice magazine.
A&S Microgreens appears in the June and July issues of “The Cowichan Valley Voice” magazine. Together with other local farms, we are part of the section, which brings readers information on the farms offering CSA programs.
Prepare for the miracle of germination! We spread the seeds by specific weight for each kind of plant and tray type. Some are getting soaked for a few hours, and others are good for seeding right away. The success of seeding resides in uniformity spread, which avoids overcrowding or sparsely grown crops.
A&S Microgreens membership programs are an opportunity to eat local fresh produce year-round. By joining the CSA Monthly Plan, you will receive 180 grams of Mighty Microgreens of your choice once, twice or four times a month corresponding to your chosen plan. Instead of the 180 grams cut microgreens, you can opt for six live microgreen plants potted in 4″x6″ trays. Substitutions with Specialty Microgreens and/or Microgreens Shoots are within the same value as the Mighty Microgreens.
That’s where the magic starts! We prepare our custom grow medium from a secret recipe mixing organic soils, coco coir and volcanic rock. A powerful soil mixer makes the grow medium consistent in every, and all produced batches. It is all about getting the best results all the time, over and over again.