In this section we present floral plants that have a use beyond the merely aesthetic and enter the gastronomic world.
Nowadays there are many different flower varieties which, as well as decorating and beautifying our gardens, are also used in domestic gastronomy. Flowers are used in hot and cold dessert dishes, grilled meats, sandwiches, salads and in any original dish. They are also used in an original and popular way in the preparation of cocktails, as they add colour and nuances to their taste. The flowers are also used as substitutes for certain spices or more expensive foods, such as Marigold, which is widely used as a good Saffron substitute.
Edible flowers come in every colour and taste imaginable to create great combinations with our favourite dishes. No doubt our garden can be filled with an amalgam of spicy, sweet, minty, citric, bitter flavours..., together with vivid violet, yellow, orange, blue and all kinds of colours, with petals of the most varied shapes.
In addition to these great characteristics, many of them have a large number of beneficial health properties. From those that help in the relief of joint pain or circulatory disorders, to others with diuretic or anti-inflammatory properties. Certainly flowers with great characteristics and uses such as Calendula.
These plants are normally easy to cultivate, as they require direct sun exposure and constant but moderate watering. Flowering is usually from spring to autumn, with the exception of some varieties that keep the garden beautiful and attractive even in autumn and winter.
We must remember, before consumption, to wash thoroughly the flowers by immersing them in water and drying them gently.
Enjoy your meal!