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Epicurean Kentuckian: Edible flowers

'I'll have the nasturtium salad and some squash blossoms, please . . .' Could Nasturtium Capers be a future Farmers Market/Kentucky Proud Product?
An overview of the subject: Wikipedia entry: Edible Flowers

A CM Epicurean Kentuckian Post

It seems so much of the culinary advances come from the Adair County Garden Club and the Farmers Markets.

Donna Jones, President of the Adair County Garden Club, was at the Farmers Market on the Square, as usual, Saturday, and gave us a heads up on the next Adair County Garden Club meeting (we'll post details from her official announcement for the June gathering): The topic will be "Edible Flowers."

There are many caveats to the subject: Many are safe to eat for everyone, but some must be eaten only in small amounts, and even the safe to eat, like dandelions and violets, are best when they're herbicide free and grown for human consumption.

The production and sale of edible flowers can create more profitable, less labor intensive gardens. For instance, Squash Blossoms go for 50 cents and up for specialty restaurants in bulk or at Farmer's Market. When Squash is mature, it is bulkier, has had many more days in production, and will likely not bring 50 cents each.

It's the same short cut to profits that the minor differences needed to make $28/lb prosciutto ham instead its very similar $7/lb. country ham.

Many of us have tried battered and tempura fried dandlion blossoms, which have a flavor similar to mushrooms. Daylily dishes have been featured in and earlier edible flower class. And a lot of folks have used nasturtiums blossoms in salads.

We're anxious to get the official news announcement from Donna Jones. In the meantime, we hope readers will send comments, experiences, caveats and advice - as well as photo(s) on the subject. The writer once made a trip to DePauw University in Greencastle, IN to sample the cafeteria's featured edible blossom offerings after reading an article in a newspaper. That was two decades ago. Thought it would be easy to find the cafeteria, but didn't have Street & Number for it, and after making inquiries of two or three people who should have known how to direct me, and couldn't, I gave up. - EK

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