They are beautiful. They are fragrant. Did you know they are also edible? It seems there’s not much that flowers in San Francisco, CA can’t do!
If you’re planning a party or simply want to add some floral flair to your daily menu, try the following recipes that incorporate the beauty and taste of flowers.
Why make boring ice cubes when you can create beautiful beverages with edible flower ice cubes? Roses, marigolds, violets and geraniums are great to use for this concoction. Other options include blooming herbs such as chive blossoms or mint.
The trick to this treat is to freeze the ice in layers so that the blooms are trapped in the middle. Cover the bottom of each cube in the tray with a little bit of water, then place a flower or petals in each. Once this has frozen solid, add enough water to fill each cube halfway. Freeze again, then top off the cubes and freeze one final time.
Since you’ll want your cubes perfectly shaped when you pop them out of the tray, it’s best to use a flexible material. Silicone trays work well.
Distilled water can also help your cubes come out more clearly, which will help show off the petals in all their beauty.
This creation is a great idea for bridal showers, baby showers and luaus. Everyone is sure to “ooh” and “aah” at your extra floral touch!
Lilac Blossom Almond Scones
Who doesn’t love the scent of lilac bushes in bloom? It’s too bad their season doesn’t last longer. To preserve their aroma, try baking them in this delicious dessert!
Combine 3 cups flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 2.5 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Whisk until well blended. Add 12 tablespoons of chilled, unsalted butter. Work the butter into the mixture with your hands until the lumps are pea-sized.
Add 1 cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ cup toasted, chopped almonds and 1 cup lilac flowers. Fold and knead by hand, then gather the dough into a ball. Flour the ball and flatten into a ½-inch disk. Cut into triangles and place them on a greased baking sheet. Dust each triangle with sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for about 14 minutes.
Want More Lilacs? Try Some Syrup
If you have more than a cup of lilac flowers to use up, make a few batches of simple lilac syrup. Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water and heat on medium until the sugar has dissolved. Add 1 cup of lilac flowers (remove the stems and greens). Simmer for 10 minutes. To make the color brighter, add about six blueberries. Remove from heat, drain and bottle. Serve with your favorite breakfast foods!
Discover More Uses for Flowers
Would you like to learn more about the amazing uses for flowers in San Francisco, CA? The experienced florists at The Delicate Daisy – House of Flowers are ready to assist you. Contact us today for beautiful arrangements, hand-picked flowers and gorgeous gift ideas. You’ll be amazed at what’s in bloom!