Ottawa Magazine

Edible flowers


Did you know you can eat the flower of the lowly carrot? This delicate white spray, akin to Queen Anne’s Lace, not only has a mild carrot flavour but is very beautiful. “It’s a big surprise!” says Corinne Mooney of Ottawa Edible Flowers. Even the convention­al edible blooms — nasturtium­s in salads and violets on cakes — are left behind on many plates. As Danielle Schami, owner of Franktown House Flowers, opines, “A lot of people don’t know.”

Listen, there’s a whole world of flowers we can eat. Some blooms may not have much flavour, but they’re showstoppe­rs, adding aesthetic appeal to any dish — or glass. You can taste the licorice in anise hyssop, however. And although the bloom is tall, it is easily separated. Next time you mix up a bowl of peaches and melons, scatter the violet florets on top.

Candytuft, in colours ranging from white to pink to purple, tastes peppery like a mild radish, perfect for a mâche-and-endive salad.

Mooney raves about fuchsias, three-dimensiona­l psychedeli­c-looking flowers in pink and purple that will make your gin and tonic sparkle. Meanwhile, tiny wax begonias are sour, “like biting into a lemon,” says Mooney, which means they are great with Campari.

Over at Fairouz, chef Walid El-Tawel sometimes strews them over his chilled yogurt-and-herb soup. Snapdragon­s are slightly bitter, but Carrie Bradley, owner of Patisserie La Toque, decorates her cakes with Franktown’s blossoms in shades of red and burgundy. Extra lusciousne­ss!

These days, Mooney is looking into crystalliz­ing her Here’s the beef: Sumptuous beef short owribnsarr­oeservaend­dwviteh robuegnh-acupteptaa­plpsar—deblley dipping them in egg wnhoiotdel­easnadndsb­uragiaserd, wmuhsihcrh­oonmost only preserves them but makes them crunchy and sweet. Meanwhile, Schami is hoping her sweet and perfumed Stock flowers do well this year. What to do with the apricot-coloured ones? Why, go find yourself a plate of cream tarts!

Les Fleurs Franktown House Flowers, 819-459-3181 (find their flowers for sale at the Wakefield General Store). Ottawa Edible Flowers, 613-299-1796.

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By Cindy Deachman

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