Some flowers not only are decorative but can also be used in your dishes. With springtime giving us a variety of blossoms, you can bring an additional pizzazz to your everyday meals with these simple, flower-infused dishes and drinks.
Hibiscus and Jasmine
Hibiscus and jasmine are only two of the many flowers used for tea, but they are among the most delicious.
The flower of the hibiscus plant is commonly used for tea and tastes heavenly. With its interesting crimson color, it looks fantastic when you dine outside. Hibiscus tea has a sharp, zesty taste and can be served either hot or cold.
The jasmine flower is mostly used to scent green or black tea. The dried flower is mixed with the tea base which absorbs its scent. This kind of drink has a subtle sweet taste and is my personal favorite for afternoon tea.
The lavender has beautiful flowers that can be infused into dishes. It has a slightly sweet flavor and adds aroma to your food.
This quick and easy-to-do Lavender and Lemon Poached Chicken Breasts recipe from food.com uses lavender for the broth and as garnish. This recipe takes about 30 minutes to make and is a great main dish for a simple dinner with your friends or co-workers.
This ornamental plant has a variety of bright colors that suits spring well. When infused into a dish, the chrysanthemum flower tastes a bit bitter or peppery and works well as a spice.
Epicurious.com has a mean Roast Chicken Noodle Soup with Chrysanthemum recipe that takes about one to two hours to make. This recipe is perfect as a main dish during a chilly spring evening with your family.
Roses have various culinary uses. The flowers can be used for tea, syrup, jelly, and as spice for meat dishes. They have a sweet, slightly minty taste that works well for both dishes and drinks.
This rose petal flan from Simply Recipes gives you the sweet smell and taste of roses. It takes about 30 minutes to one hour to make and can be refrigerated for a week or two. This sweet, custard-like concoction is sure to be a favorite even among your kids!