Gardening experts have revealed 11 of the most unusual but delicious recipes Brits can cook up from their flowerbeds
The plant specialists from GardeningExpress.co.uk have come up with a list of 11 recipes featuring plants from your flowerbeds that you may not have considered sampling before, so whether you opt for sweet or savoury, find the unusual recipes below.
- Nettle Soup. This classic dish is made by cooking traditional vegetables in oil, and then simmering in stock until soft before adding nettle leaves. Once the nettles have wilted, blend the soup and serve it garnished with dead nettle flowers.
- Lavender Lamb. Make your roast dinner one to remember by stuffing the meat with sprigs of fresh lavender, or combine the flowers with honey and oil to form a glaze.
- Chrysanthemum and Dandelion Frittata. Take the heads of chrysanthemums and dandelions, chop roughly, and fry with beaten egg, diced onion and pre-cooked potato for a yummy, flower-based lunch.
- Nasturtium Salad. Make your regular salad more exciting by tossing bright nasturtium flowers through it – they have a peppery flavour similar to watercress.
- Chamomile Jelly. Dissolve honey into boiling water before adding chamomile flowers. Sieve the leaves out before adding the gelatine and then leave the delicate flowery flavours to develop and set in the fridge.
- Hibiscus and Sumac Prawns. Mix oil, lemon juice and spices with hibiscus and sumac to create a tasty marinade for prawns to be fried or baked in.
- Viola Cake. Elevate any home-made cake by decorating with vibrant viola petals. They have a sweet, perfumed flavour and taste even better crystallised.
- Elderflower Cordial. A refreshing drink for all seasons, this elderflower cordial is back in fashion. Trim fresh elderflower heads from their stalks and infuse in sugar syrup with lemon zest for at least a day before diluting and serving.
- Tulip Canapés. Untreated tulip petals can make for an eye-catching and edible mini plate at parties – try topping with a spoonful of cheese dip.
- Rose Turkish Delight. Turkish Delight is already a delicious sweet treat, but adding rosewater to your recipe will give it an extra-special flavour.
- Garden Chai. Pour boiling water over geranium leaves and anise hyssop flowers, rest for 15 minutes and then strain. Fill a mug with half of this mixture and have regular tea, then add milk or sugar before stirring and enjoying.