Edible Flowers: Blooming this Fall
According to a recent consumer survey by Vineland, edible flowers are trending big time. You might have come across edible flowers or petals being used as garnishing for fancy dishes on MasterChef episodes. However, the new trend focuses more on the flavor of flowers rather than the aesthetic appeal. Time to prepare your taste buds for a floral extravaganza.
EDIBLE FLOWERS: FLOWER POWER
From adding whole flowers and petals into dishes to infusing botanical flavors into drinks and snacks, it is trending. Edible flowers are slowly making their way to kitchens around you. This top trend makes for a subtly sweet taste and fresh aromatics. Consumers are now seeking new culinary experiences and experimenting with unconventional ingredients at home. If you’re into widening your home cooking horizons, there’s a method to the madness of pairing edible flowers and foods.
Delicate floral notes like lavender and cherry blossoms work well with desserts or beverages. Meanwhile, heavier flavors such as marigold and nasturtium can add complexity to savory foods. Roses are replaceable with berries and pair well with red meat. I haven’t tried out any of these combinations but I’m definitely eager to. On social media, you should keep an eye out for herby seltzers and rose garnished everything.
If you want the aesthetic appeal of edible flowers for your Instagram but can’t be bothered to forage and fret, Rivoli is already on it. Not only does their food taste great, by pairing menu items with edible flowers they’re definitely bringing something new to the table.
Edible flowers fall in line with the ‘healthy’ food trend as well. Partly due to the easy association between botanicals and healthiness. There’s no quicker way to make your morning avocado toast Instagrammable than to top it off with some hibiscus petals. With edible flowers being classified as gourmet ingredients, they add an air of sophistication to any dish. 2018 seems greener already.