I recently planted some nasturtiums in my garden, they have grown far and wide probably helped by the wet summer. They have grown so big the lavender plant nearby has been left fighting for space. Next year I will know to plant them in a big open space.
Apart from looking colourful the leaves and petals are edible, so thought I would give them a go. I have not eaten flowers before and I was not quite sure about it. But as I say to my kids, ‘try something once’. I read that they have a peppery kick, but apart from using as a salad garnish I had no idea what to do with them. A quick whirl around Google and I found this recipe from www.food.com.
Simple and easy to make and I even managed to pipe the cream cheese filling into my flowers using a sandwich bag with a corner cut off. Once filled I took the plunge and just popped the whole flower in, in one go. If I am honest, it did not feel quite right eating a flower, but maybe that is because I have never done it before. The first flavour I got was of the cream cheese, lemon and garlic, at the end there was not as much peppery flavour as I was expecting but it did feel like I was eating the garden. But not like eating salad from the garden.
Would I make them again, highly unlikely, but if you don’t try you will never know.
While writing this I have been looking out into the garden, to see if there is anything else to eat, that I would not normally. The flowers from courgettes are also edible and are often deep fried very quickly in a light batter. I have 4 sunflowers shooting up, I am not quite sure but am going to see if I can get the seeds when it has bloomed. I will keep you posted on how I get on.
PS: while there are edible plants in your garden there are also ones that you should not eat.
- Rhubarb Leaves contain toxins that can make us unwell
- Mushrooms should not be eaten unless you are absolutely sure which variety they are