Not just for “fru-fru” cheffy presentations anymore, alluring and tasty edible flowers can now be found in most produce aisles and farmers’ markets; these colorful gems will enhance the visual and flavor elements of most dishes.
Since we eat with our eyes first, this is a powerful way to step up the appeal of your food, especially where green salads and vegetable-based dishes are concerned. Among the flowers most often available—a few of which may be growing in your yard—are nasturtium, zucchini blossoms, calendula, borage, Szechuan buttons, pansies, mustard and arugula.
A word of caution: Be sure you trust the source of the flowers you purchase. It’s important to ensure they have not been treated with pesticides, preservatives or other chemicals.