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One summer morning in the little village of Bergstein, Germany, I enjoyed a wholesome farm-fresh garden-breakfast with my friend, her mum and their many cats. There was a spread of fresh breads and pretzels, fruit and tomatoes from the garden, milk from their very own cows and grapes from their abundant orchards and sprawling vineyards. What a wonderful morning it was!
Borage is a versatile plant, with edible flowers and leaves. The beautiful color of the flowers makes them a real standout as a garnish for salads, beverages, and desserts. In addition, the plant has medicinal properties, and is also useful as a companion plant to keep pests off your vegetables. Pliny the Elder was a fan—what more do you need?
Bunga Kantan (a.k.a Torch Ginger Flower) is widely used in Southeast Asian cuisine and particularly in Malaysia, it's indispensable for certain types of dishes such as Asam Pedas, Nyonya Laksa and Nasi Kerabu. It's a famous ingredient especially in the Malay and Baba & Nyonya culture. Bunga Kantan is mainly used in stews and raw salad for its aromatic fragrance and distinctive taste.
Orchids - you can eat them!
Squash Blossoms - try them breaded and fried
Chamomile - my favorite tea
Pansies - make pretty drink cubes
Carnations, specifically Dianthus
Hibiscus - another delicious tea-flower
Edible flowers aren't only for critters! Dandelion greens are excellent sautéed with some parmesan, pansies make a lovely garnish and who doesn't like snacking on a handful of sunflower seeds!? Just another way to expand your palate and add some color to your plate!
For the Edible Flower design challenge.