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Adding flowers to your food can be a nice addition of color and flavor, find cheap altace but be sure to follow these tips for eating flowers safely.

The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the Chinese, find cheap altace Greek and Romans. Find cheap altace Many cultures use flowers in their traditional cooking — think of squash blossoms in Italian food and rose petals in Indian food. Find cheap altace Adding flowers to your food can be a nice way to add color, find cheap altace flavor and a little whimsy. Find cheap altace Some are spicy, find cheap altace and some herbacious, find cheap altace while others are floral and fragrant. Find cheap altace The range is surprising. It’s not uncommon to see flower petals used in salads, find cheap altace teas, find cheap altace and as garnish for desserts, find cheap altace but they inspire creative uses as well — roll spicy ones (like chive blossoms) into handmade pasta dough, find cheap altace incorporate floral ones into homemade ice cream, find cheap altace pickle flower buds (like nasturtium) to make ersatz capers, find cheap altace use them to make a floral simple syrup for use in lemonade or cocktails. Find cheap altace (See a recipe for Dandelion Syrup here.) I once stuffed gladiolus following a recipe for stuffed squash blossoms — a little out-there, find cheap altace I know, find cheap altace but they were great. Find cheap altace So many possibilities… Eating flowers safely So. Find cheap altace As lovely as eating flowers can be, find cheap altace it can also be a little … deadly! Not to scare you off or anything. Find cheap altace Follow these tips for eating flowers safely:
    • Eat flowers you know to be consumable — if you are uncertain, find cheap altace consult a reference book on edible flowers and plants.•Eat flowers you have grown yourself, find cheap altace or know to be safe for consumption. Find cheap altace Flowers from the florist or nursery have probably been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.• Do not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Find cheap altace Both may have been treated with pesticide or herbicide, find cheap altace and roadside flowers may be polluted by car exhaust.• Eat only the petals, find cheap altace and remove pistils and stamens before eating.• If you suffer from allergies, find cheap altace introduce edible flowers gradually, find cheap altace as they may exacerbate allergies. • To keep flowers fresh, find cheap altace place them on moist paper towels and refrigerate in an airtight container. Find cheap altace Some will last up to 10 days this way. Find cheap altace Ice water can revitalize limp flowers.

Allium All blossoms from the allium family (leeks, find cheap altace chives, find cheap altace garlic, find cheap altace garlic chives) are edible and flavorful! Flavors run the gamut from delicate leek to robust garlic. Find cheap altace Every part of these plants is edible. Angelica Depending on the variety, find cheap altace flowers range from pale lavender-blue to deep rose and have a licorice-like flavor. Anise hyssop Both flowers and leaves have a subtle anise or licorice flavor. Arugula Blossoms are small with dark centers and with a peppery flavor much like the leaves. Find cheap altace They range in color from white to yellow with dark purple streaks. Bachelor’s button Grassy in flavor, find cheap altace the petals are edible. Find cheap altace Avoid the bitter calyx. Basil Blossoms come in a variety of colors, find cheap altace from white to pink to lavender; flavor is similar to the leaves, find cheap altace but milder. Bee balm The red flowers have a minty flavor. Borage Blossoms are a lovely blue hue and taste like cucumber! Calendula / marigold A great flower for eating, find cheap altace calendula blossoms are peppery, find cheap altace tangy, find cheap altace and spicy — and their vibrant golden color adds dash to any dish. Carnations / dianthus Petals are sweet, find cheap altace once trimmed away from the base. Find cheap altace The blossoms taste like their sweet, find cheap altace perfumed aroma. Chamomile Small and daisylike, find cheap altace the flowers have a sweet flavor and are often used in tea. Find cheap altace Ragweed sufferers may be allergic to chamomile. Chervil Delicate blossoms and flavor, find cheap altace which is anise-tinged. Chicory Mildly bitter earthiness of chicory is evident in the petals and buds, find cheap altace which can be pickled. Chrysanthemum A little bitter, find cheap altace mums come in a rainbow of colors and a range of  flavors range from peppery to pungent. Find cheap altace Use only the petals. Cilantro Like the leaves, find cheap altace people either love the blossoms or hate them. Find cheap altace The flowers share the grassy flavor of the herb. Find cheap altace Use them fresh as they lose their charm when heated.

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