Edible flowers have been popular in food and beverage for millennia. In recent decades, though, their unique colors and shapes have made them popular in fine dining applications, elevating basic plates to extraordinary levels.
Edible flowers are quite diverse in their applications, as well. They can be used to decorate main dishes. They're common in salads, and they can even be used to spruce up cocktails making them some of the most versatile ingredients available.
Flowers are more than just decorative. Consider their use in salads. Sure, they can brighten up the standard greens, but they also add aroma and even texture. And speaking of texture, did you know you can fry edible flowers? Yes, you can. We did a quick review on Google, and here are some of our top flowers you can fry.
Let's start with the big petals. According to an article in Southern Living, pansies can have a slightly minty flavor that will work well in cocktails and fruit salads. Imagine a bowl full of grapes and watermelon and pineapple. Now, imagine that bowl with colorful crisps of salted pansies. They're a great way to add texture with color.
In a classic application, zucchini and squash blossoms are part of the Italian "poor cooking" or cucina povera canon. These bright yellow flowers don't have a floral taste and are great stuffed with cheese and anchovies and are then fried. Essentially, they're like flower fritters. Bonus tip: They're also great on top of pizzas.
Roses are the flower of love and friendship, but they also lend themselves to foodservice. With strong smells and a fruity flavor, they can be used in a wide range of dishes from appetizers to desserts. Use rose petals or soup, or can you imagine a fried rose petal on top of a bowl of ice cream?
Pitco loves fried flowers.
We believe you can fry just about anything, including flowers. But if fried flowers aren't your thing, we can certainly help you considering a fried foods program for the menu items that are. Schedule a free culinary consultation with a member of our team today.