Edible flowers can be stored, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator up to a week. Flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides (such as those found at florists) should never be eaten.
Some of the more popular edible flowers are: the peppery-flavored nasturtiums; chive blossoms, which taste like a mild, sweet onion; pansies and violas, both with a flavor reminiscent of grapes; and perfumy, sweet roses. Edible flowers turn the ordinary into the extraordinary…artful, playful, fun!
Here are some of lifestyle and entertaining expert Mindy Korbin’s favorite edible flowers, Don’t Worry, Eat Happy!
- Chive blossoms
- 1 large orange, peeled and ends trimmed
- 1 grapefruit, peeled and ends trimmed
- 1 large fennel bulb, halved, cored and thinly sliced
- 3 Tbs freshly squeezed citrus juices
- ¼ cup Extra Virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ⅓cup Spanish Marcona almonds, chopped (walnuts can be substituted here)
- Edible flowers for garnish, (I like mint blossoms, pansies, geraniums or marigolds)
Hold an orange over a large bowl and cut along the white pith on both sides of each segment. Free the segments and place them into a large sieve. Repeat with the grapefruit. Squeeze the fruit membranes over the large bowl to extract juices. Reserve the juices in the bottom of the bowl and set aside. Place the fruit segments and thinly sliced fennel in a salad bowl. Set aside.
In a blender or small food processor, blend together the oil, basil leaves and 3 tablespoons of the reserved citrus juices until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to preferred taste. Pour over the fruit and fennel slices. Add the chopped Marcona almonds. Gently toss until all the ingredients are coated. Garnish with edible flowers. Serves 4.
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For lifestyle and entertaining expert Mindy Kobrin, cooking, wellness and celebrating are a family affair. Her lifestyle philosophy can be distilled to a single, luscious concept: Don’t Worry, Eat Happy. Fusing culinary expertise with international flair, Mindy aims to create nothing short of a movement: to arm children, moms and dads with the information and inspiration to shop for nutritious, seasonal foods and transform them into chic, memorable, family-friendly experiences – and have a great time doing it… together. Visit www.mealsonheelsbymindy.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/dontworryeathappy. Twitter: www.twitter.com/meals_heels