Ed­i­ble flow­ers Good enough to eat!

Ed­i­ble flow­ers add an ex­cit­ing el­e­ment to your gar­den – and your cook­ing.

Home (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - By Marié Ester­huyse • Pho­tographs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster • Styling Melissa Raut­en­bach

EEdi­ble flow­ers are colour­ful and fra­grant, mak­ing them a use­ful ad­di­tion to your gar­den. But they can also give your food and drinks a lovely twist – think of a salad gar­nished with nas­tur­tiums or a cock­tail fin­ished off with pansy ice cubes. We asked Me­gan McCarthy, the hor­ti­cul­tur­ist re­spon­si­ble for the veg­etable gar­den at Boschen­dal Es­tate out­side Fran­schhoek, to tell us more about ed­i­ble flow­ers.

“At Boschen­dal, many plants are grown specif­i­cally for their ed­i­ble flow­ers. Of all the plants we cul­ti­vate here, the ed­i­ble flow­ers bring me the most joy. They are grown in-be­tween the veg­eta­bles and are as much part of Boschen­dal’s food ex­pe­ri­ence as the rest of our har­vest,” she says.

All of Me­gan’s favourite ed­i­ble flow­ers (see over­leaf) will thrive in most re­gions of South Africa. >>

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