At the Market: Different kind of edibles — flowers
By Boulder County Farmers Markets
Edible flowers are hardly a produce staple, but they should be. What better way to celebrate this week’s Earth Day than to celebrate the simple beauty of our Earth’s bounty?
Squash blossoms used in eggy tarts or stuffed with cheese, battered and fried are beautiful and delicious. But the season is a bit early for that, yet.
But it’s never too early for sweet little flowers to decorate your drinks, pastries, salads and more. Common edible flowers include viola, nasturtium, marigold and cucumber blossoms. Here, marigold flowers from Altius Farms were used by Seeds chef Matt Collier to provide a bright contrast to his petit fours.
Edible flowers have a fresh, delicate, neutral flavor, so their uses are nearly endless. Roses and squash blossoms have a particular taste, but are still flexible. The common edible flowers listed here are not spicy nor overly herbal in taste.
Here are our staff’s favorite ways to use edible flowers:
- Any mixed greens salad. Add the flowers after you toss your salad with dressings so as not to dampen their beauty.
- Fruit salads. Gently place flowers on top of your mixed fruit salads once all the fruit is combined.
- Cakes. After frosting, gently place flowers in a decorative pattern of your choosing. They are pretty in a pile in the middle of a cake, or along the edges of your concoction. They make every cupcake or petit four instantly dressy.
- Candy. Homemade chocolates, fudge, truffles and chocolate-dipped strawberries look beautiful with flowers.
- Cocktails. After pouring your cocktail, add a few flowers to the top of your drink.
- Iced tea or other cold drinks. As with other drinks, gently place flowers to the top of the drink.
- Ice cubes: Fill your ice cube tray with water, then add flower petals or full small flowers into the tray and freeze.
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At the market this week
In addition to edible flowers, we have eggs, tamales, cheeses, fingerling potatoes, kombucha, beets, carrots, turnips, pork ribs, radishes and daikon, honey, olive oil, olives, several flavors of pretzels, mushrooms, fresh-baked bread and more. In- person markets are open in Longmont and Boulder every Saturday. No reservations required, but they can be made at bcfm.org/boulder-saturday/ for Boulder and bcfm.org/longmont-saturday/ for Longmont. Curbside pickup is available in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette and Denver. Shop online at bcfm.org.