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Edible blossoms

Did you know that we regularly eat a variation of edible flowers? Broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, artichokes, capers, and squash all start out as delectable flower blossoms. It is very important to note that not all flowers are edible, but those that are, offer a unique, robust flavor and attractive, delicate accent to any dinner plate.

Trends in edible flowers are not new. In fact, medieval monks preserved violets in mead and syrup and used the concoction to treat the common cold and flu virus. More modern adaptations of specialty produce include the use of microgreens and micro herbs that serve as miniature garnishes that pack a mighty nutritional punch. Not only are the flower crystals that sit atop cupcakes, cocktails, and gourmet dinners pretty to look at, but they are delicious, too.

Micro herbs are specialty produce that require very specific and extremely precise time management and gardening expertise to successfully grow and harvest. Micro greens, micro edible flowers, and micro herbs seeds are typically planted and grown in soil or a soil substitute such as peat moss. Micro herbs are harvested when the herb, vegetable, or flower plant is very young and at the very first stage of leaf growth. Most often this occurs before the plant is fourteen days old. Because these micro herbs are so young and delicate (some micro herbs and micro greens are less than one and a half to two inches in length), an experienced gardener painstakingly ensures that their quality and beauty is not compromised. Once harvested, microgreens and micro herbs can last up to one week or longer, depending on their variety and how they are refrigerated.

Micro herbs come in a variety of types such as micro rose, micro fennel, micro basil, micro mint, or micro cilantro, to name a few. Micro herbs crystals have a crunchy texture, concentrated flavor, and suit many diverse dishes including desserts, salads, and beverages. Micro edible flowers such as firestix add beautiful accents and edible flowers for salads garnishes. Another version of micro greens are candied flowers, sugar flowers, or crystallized flowers. The process of candying flowers is a very intense process, but the outcome are elegant garnishes. This aesthetic appeal combined with what micro herbs add to the palate contribute to their appeal with many of todays top chefs.
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