The closest ingredient to “summer” may just be the edible flower. Available at farmers’ markets and natural food stores, these stunning blooms add whimsy and beauty to your summer entertaining.
Photographer Leela Cyd, author of the book Food with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings, incorporates them into many of her sweet and savory recipes, and she’s here to explain her go-to ways for using eight classic edible flowers.
Before you buy these flowers, be sure to check with the seller that they are in fact edible (at supermarkets, it should be clearly marked on the label as so).
Beautiful Ways To Use Edible Flowers In Summer Recipes
Small flowers like lilacs can serve as a beautiful garnish in ice cubes for summer cocktails. Simply freeze cubes with a pinch of lilac (think about three little flowers) in each. “It’s perfect for a gin and tonic,” says Cyd. “But remember, less is more. It’s a very strong flower, and if it’s overused, it can take on a soapy flavor.”