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The Culinary Lavender

The Culinary Lavender

A fragrant shrub, lavender has tons of uses from medicinal to its effectiveness in aromatherapy. Lavender contains phytonutrients and has benefits when applied topically, inhaled or ingested. Lavender also has many culinary applications. The tops of the flowers can be sprinkled on foods, added in batters and desserts or infused in beverages. Ingesting consumable lavender can ease an upset stomach and aid other digestive problems. It may also benefit the skin’s complexion. Taken orally it can relieve anxiety, calm the mind and help induce sleep. The following recipes provide some ideas on how to add lavender to beverages and food to enhance… read more

Edible Flower Recipes That Celebrate Sunny Days

Edible Flower Recipes That Celebrate Sunny Days

Flowers have been used in culinary applications for centuries. They can be put in nearly any food or beverage, used as garnishes and can be candied or added to sugar for a delicate, naturally sweet touch. Flowers that are truly edible must not be treated with any preservatives or pesticides, and be certain they are actually consumable and not poisonous. Edible flowers can normally be found at specialty stores, bakeries or gourmet food shops. Typically the flowers found from florists are not of a consumable nature. You can also try growing your own culinary flower garden. Cut flowers will last… read more

The Edible Wild

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Whether you wish to expand your palette with more adventurous fare or simply want to be informed in case you should encounter a period spent with limited resources, foraging the wilderness for subsistence can be an enlightening and perhaps even life-saving experience. But first, you must know which plants are suitable sources of nutrition and which to avoid. While there are a variety of fungi and other edible plants dotting forests and sometimes your own yard, their credentials are extensive, and it is all too easy to mistake a poisonous species for a harmless one. Thus, we shall focus our… read more

Edible Flowers

Edible flowers

It is becoming extremely popular again to adorn our dishes with flowers. Pretty in theory, potentially dangerous in practise. It is wise to know which of the flora we can consume and what we should avoid. Below is a list of edible flowers and their uses.  Many cut flowers have been sprayed with insecticides and fungicides so avoid using the store bought bunches in your cooking. You should buy them separately and wash thoroughly before use, just in case. Calendula (Marigold)– sometimes called ‘Poor Man’s Saffron’ has pretty petals and makes a wonderful addition to salads. Can be added, like… read more