Bring wildflowers to the kitchen table

 

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A beautiful meadow of wildflowers can be an absolute feast for the eyes, but many species can actually taste as good as they look.

Eating wildflowers is by no means a new-age concept, in fact, as far back as the Victorian era, plants and flowers were dished up at the table. Yet, in this day and age, few people probably realise just how many flowers can be eaten.

Wildflowers can be surprisingly nutritious - and delicious!

Bees and butterflies are already savvy to the benefits of pollen and nectar, but flowers rich in these substances can be incredibly nutritious, even for humans. Roses and rose hips, marigolds, sorrel and nasturtium are bursting with vitamin C, whilst dandelions may be regarded as a nuisance weed, but they're packed to the rafters with vitamins A and C. Dandelion leaves are also teeming with goodness, and are an excellent source of iron, phosphorous and calcium.

Different ways to serve wildflowers

Wildflowers are incredibly versatile. The flowers of the humble cowslip, for example, make wonderful teas, syrups and vinegar, or can be added to salads, whilst many flowers can be used for medicinal purposes. Yarrow, for instance, is a fantastic all-rounder for a wide range of ailments, and can help to treat cold and flu symptoms, heal wounds and aid digestion.

Some flowers add flavour, such as clover, which has a sweet, aniseed-like taste, or sorrel with its lemony aromas, whilst others may not bring much flavour to the table, but score highly for adding colour to a dish, such as the common daisy.

A note of caution regarding edible wild flowers

When picking wildflowers to eat, make sure you know which ones are edible, and which ones are best left in the garden - some are poisonous if eaten! Invest in a wildflower book so you can properly identify the different flowers. As well as cooking the flowers and leaves, you can eat them raw, such as tossed into salad, to add some colour.

Once you start to discover just how many flowers can be eaten, it can open up a whole new world of flavours that you can bring to the kitchen.

a plateful of colourful edible flowers

Photo courtesy of  whologwhy

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/60417477@N00/">FLOWER SALAD</a> by whologwhy licensed under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/">Creative commons 4</a>

You'll find a whole host of different wildflowers in each variety of Meadowmat wildflower turf.   Most of them have traditionally been used for medicine, flavouring, dyeing wool and fabric or protecting against dark forces.  Take a look at the flower species we've used and follow the links to read more about these amazing plants and their uses.

About the wildflower species in Meadowmat

 

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