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Wonderful article! I knew about some of the others, but I had no idea about tulips either! If you get flowers at the florist, you might want to be sure they haven't been sprayed with chemicals you might prefer not to consume, although flowers might well be just as safe to buy and eat as lettuce! Hmm, another reason to force some Easter tulips... :-)
Thanks for an interesting article! I worked for an artist in NYC that painted flowers, mostly, and came up with a dish - "Pasta Primaflora" - using many of the flowers you mentioned as a topping for cooked spaghetti with a little olive oil.
In the eating weeds department, I learned that the fresh, green tips of Green Briar (Smilax sp.) are edible and have a taste similar to asparagus. I often snap off a tip and munch on it while gardening. It is sort of in the philosophy of, "If you can't beat them, eat them," because it is a weed I will never be able to eradicate.
I use the nutty flavored Jasmine Rice as a different kind to go with certain foods, and it made sense. One day I had cooked up a nice pot of Great Northern Beans, for a pot luck with the family, and decided to throw a handful of the blooms in the pot at the end... Wow! what a hit that was... It added just the right somethin somethin, and some of them float on the top very nicely.
G Northern Beans
salt water to taste
1 Lg onion chopped and browned a bit in separate lightly oiled pan
2-3 strips of crispy drained and chopped bacon
2 fresh tomatoes peeled and chopped
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
handful or so of whole sambac jasmine blooms, (or any other edible flower ya like)
vegetarians and koshers can leave out the bacon, of course.
Larry, what a great article giving us more reasons to look forward to spring. I like to sprinkle flowers on my table before sitting down to eat, and wouldn't ya know it, one little'un or another always ends up with a petal in their mouths. Nice to know which one's I can happily sprinkle with no ill affects.