Activity of the day: Edible flower identification
We've been making a whole lot of fuss about elderflower the past month or so- it's such a great ingredient- that we thought it would be worth just quickly pointing out some other edible flowers that are about at the moment.
An amazing range of flowers are edible- though, to be fair, few of them taste particularly nice and they're not highly nutritious. But they make up for that by being pretty, being a bit different and being very easily available!
Courgette flowers are famous for being made into posh fritters- but one of our mini gardeners reckons they taste amazing by themselves (I think because they're big. Size matters...)
Lots of herb flowers- sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley, pot marigold and nasturtium (which actually tastes great- really peppery) are fantastic added to otherwise rather boring summer salads. Sunflower petals are also edible- again, they don't taste of much but definitely brighten things up!
And flowers like violets and roses make great decorations on puddings.
A mention all on its own has to go to lavender- an amazingly aromatic addition to all sorts of dishes- just don't overdo it as unlike most flowers these taste STRONG!
We also currently have clover all over the lawn and a last few honeysuckle flowers blossoming (CAUTION- HONEYSUCKLE BERRIES ARE POISONOUS), though sadly the borage has given up for the year and gone to seed. These are the most fun flowers, in our opinion: If you get to them before the bees, you can carefully pull the flower out from its base and suck out the nectar. It's only a tiny drop but as a kid I used to spend ages sucking each tiny bit of clover flowers to get the nectar from a few- it's like a sugary lottery! Honeysuckle, as you might expect, has quite a big treat of nectar in the base if you get to the flower before the insects have drunk it all...