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Some flowers taste good too!

June 28 2011 at 1:50 PM
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You could do worse than buy Jekka McVicar's book 'Cooking with Flowers' which is full of ideas for using the flowers as well as the leaves of your herbs. Chive flowers are really lovely sprinkled over a salad (just pull the little florets off so you don't get the green bits), they are more pungent than the leaves and look pretty into the bargain. Sage flowers are edible too, but my plants rarely seem to go to flower and the few that do appear I like to leave for the bees. Once the flowers have died then cut them off or they will try to go to seed which takes the strength from the plant (though frankly they're such robust plants in my experience it won't do much harm if you don't get around to it). My oregano flowers its head off all summer and the bees flock to it, similarly thyme and rosemary, but can also be eaten. Enjoy whichever you do!
Best wishes and keep expanding your herb repertoire!

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