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How to preserve edible flowers the right way?12 June 2018
Flowering plants make your garden look beautiful and enhance its aesthetic appeal. However, did you know you can also consume some flowers?
You can pluck edible flowers including violets, gorse flowers, primroses, Oregon grape, and other similar plants and eat them fresh or preserve them for later use. You might be wondering about the safe methods to freeze the plants. So, we’re going to discuss the appropriate methods of preserving edible flowers. Here you go:
Freeze ice cubes
Frozen edible flower ice cubes are a must for summer gatherings. You can serve a chilled drink with these ice cubes to your guests.
To prepare these ice cubes, you need to put these flowers in an ice cube tray after washing them carefully. Now, add distilled water and freeze ice cubes in a refrigerator until they turn solid.You can also use this method to freeze flowers in olive oil cubes.
Some gardeners choose to freeze flowers by simply enclosing them in a plastic bag. However, flowers wither and darken in no time once you thaw them, which affects their quality and taste. So, it’s recommended to freeze them in the form of ice cubes or go for other safe preservation methods.
Do you like having butter and bread in the breakfast every morning? Why not enhance its flavour by mixing butter with edible flowers?
Melt butter at low heat. Stir in the petals of flowers with the help of a fork. Wrap the flower-butter mixture in a foil and chill it in a refrigerator. You can enjoy it in the mornings or use it in different recipes.
Honey is the most favourite food item for many people. But what makes it even tastier is to add a few edible flowers to a jar of honey. Rosemary and lavender petals taste absolutely amazing with honey!
Flower syrups not only possess a great taste, they can also help you overcome winter illnesses and work as yummy syrup toppings too! Here are the ingredients you’ll need
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup edible flowers, such as mallows and calendula
- 3 cups sugar
Boil the ingredients for 10 minutes and put the mixture in the refrigerator once it cools down. Chill it for up to 2 weeks and then you can use it in cocktails, teas, and lemonades or top waffles and pancakes with this delicious and healthy syrup.
Vinegar is used in various recipes. You can use edible flowers in recipes by preserving them with vinegar. All you need to do is to add a handful of flowers to a vinegar jar and store it in a dark and cool place. You can use this mixture in salad dressings.
At local nurseries, you can find various types of flowering plants that you can consume as well. Garden Centre Guide is a comprehensive directory of garden centres and nurseries throughout the UK. Locate these nurseries and visit them to buy the plants you need for your garden.