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Do you eat flowers? The blooms on the rosemary plant are bursting forth with our warmer weather, a promise that spring is just around the corner. My chamomile plants are already blooming. Meanwhile, my borage seedlings are taking off. I love this time of year, especially because I am a flower eater.
Each spring, I have the pleasure of decorating my salads with flowers--rosemary blossoms, pansies, redbuds, pineapple sage blooms, and borage flowers. Not all blooms are edible, but I certainly enjoy the ones that are. Rosemary blossoms have a distinct rosemary taste. Redbuds are both sweet with a touch of tart. Borage flowers taste like cucumbers.
I invite you to try it. Decorate a salad with flowers. The floral tastes go well with dried fruit, pears, apples, nuts, a bit of homemade cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, fruit vinegars from the summer before, and other fresh herbs. (It's also a sneaky way to let children to enjoy salad, particularly if you let them pick the flowers and herbs themselves.)