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A 3rd garden update!

Today, I will show you a garden update. What’s been happening in my garden?

Home grown salad crops: lollo bionda rossa & edible flowers to be!
Beautiful figs that are growing in my fig tree! 🙂
Home grown red basil!
Tastes just like normal green basil!
Such beauty!
Home grown red chillies!
Now, I will give you some fine recipes, from my tasty blog,  using red-hot chili peppers:
East-indian cherry edible flowers!
The low variety!
Lovely white roses!
Pink wild roses!
What do you prefer? The roses or the lovely nail polish??? 😉

How to use & eat edible flowers?

Edible flowers as a garnish make any dish look special on your table, but be sure the flavor of the flower compliments the dish. Here are a few ideas to beautify your recipes and perk up your taste buds: 

1. Place a colorful gladiolus or hibiscus flower (remove the stamen and pistil) in a clear glass bowl and fill with your favorite dip.

2. Sprinkle edible flowers in your green salads for a splash of color and taste.

3. Freeze whole small flowers into ice rings or cubes for a pretty addition to punches and other drinks.

4. Use in flavored oils, vinegraittes and marinades.

5. One of the most popular uses is, candied or crystallized flowers, used to decorate cakes, muffins, cupcakes and fine candies.

6. Asthmatics or others who suffer allergic reactions to composite-type flowers (Calendula, chicory, chrysanthemum, daisy, English daisy, and marigold) should be on alert for possible allergic reaction.

7.  Never use non-edible flowers as a garnish. You must assume that if guests find a flower on a plate of food, they will think it edible.

8. Use flowers sparingly in your recipes, particularly if you are not accustomed to eating them. Too much of a pretty thing can lead to digestive problems.

9. The leaves of some flowers also have culinary uses, but be sure to check a trusted food reference source before experimenting.
Enjoy it all, my lovely ones! 🙂
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Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

38 thoughts on “A 3rd garden update!

  1. Beautiful work, Sophie! I never think of using edible flowers, although I have had them once before. They make everything so pretty!

  2. Beautiful garden Sophie…and the little figs are so so cute…I just started to collect edible flowers for my pots and love the tips on your post…
    Hope you are having a fun week my dear 🙂

  3. You will find 1 , filed under appetizers & 1 filed under food gifts. Thgat is home-lmade fresh & dried figs chutney!

  4. Figs! Wow! Of course, seeing all your beautiful garden photos is now reminding me how the tomato plants and many of the herbs on my balcony are pretty mad at me for not getting enough water in the week that i was on holiday until yesterday! ;-p

  5. Sophie, those are some seriously lovely figs, do they remain green when ripe or do they turn purple? Do you know the variety? I picking my first set of figs today, a variety called White Genoa and another called Violette de Bordeaux.

    1. They turn purple when super ripe. I have had 12 ripe figs at the moment. There are still + 150 ones on the tree. I have a micro-climat in my walled garden. Sometimes, It will get 43°C!! I don’t know the varieaty. We only bought the house 1/2 year ago! 🙂

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