What are edible flowers?
Edible flowers are just that – flowers that can be eaten. The most commonly found varieties are violas, corn flowers and pansies, which have beautiful colours and are great for decorating cakes and cocktails. Their flavour is very mild, but some, such as nasturtium petals, can have subtle peppery, bitter or sweet notes.
Where to buy edible flowers
Nature’s Flavours Edible Flowers, £3.49/4g, Ocado
Orange Trading Dartmouth 30 Purple Lilac Pansies, £2.29/30 flowers, Amazon
Edible flower recipes
These are a more refined version of that cake shop staple, topped with a zesty blood orange icing and pretty edible flowers.
This recipe for jasmine set custard with strawberry sorbet comes from Bulrush, Bristol. It’s a bit of a challenge, but a great summer dish, and the hard work will pay off.