These Edible Flowers Make You Look Like a Bloomin' Genius
Used simply and smartly, edible flowers add natural beauty and vibrant color to your cooking. Try these easy floral twists to brighten your table and wow guests this spring. Look for edible flowers near the fresh herbs at your grocery store or order them from a reputable retailer. Not all flowers are safe to consume. (We got these beauties from gourmetsweetbotanicals.com.)
Spring Garden Pasta
Press flower petals and snipped herbs between sheets of this easy and excellent homemade pasta dough. Then toss with butter, Parmesan cheese, and more herbs for a gorgeous pappardelle.
Pulling petals from the flowers and discarding the stems makes them thin enough to roll between pasta layers without tearing the dough.
Sprinkle flowers onto the batter in the pan before you flip Chef John’s wonderfully light, seriously delicious pancakes. Then gild the lily with lemon curd, strawberry syrup, and a few more blossoms.
Berry Bloom Lemonade
Butterfly pea flowers (steeped and strained like tea leaves) turn this lemonade a pretty violet color. Floral ice cubes take it over the top.
Got extra blossoms? Chop them and spread on a plate. Roll a small round of soft cheese (such as goat cheese or Boursin) in the flowers, and serve with buttery crackers.
State of Home Cooking
We're serving up and celebrating the biggest home-cooking trends from the most enthusiastic cooks we know: our community. We crunched the data from 1.2 billion annual Allrecipes.com visits and 2.5 billion annual page views. Then we dug even further, surveying Allrecipes cooks about what's in their carts and fridges, on their stovetops and tables, and on their minds. Floral Trends is just one of the topics they're most curious about. See more of the "State of Home Cooking" special report.