Need that something extra to add interest to your meal?
Calendula - use petals in soups, soufflés, rice dishes, baked goods and to garnish salads
Marigold - use in salads, garnish and as "confetti"
Monarda - use in salads, fruit salads or to garnish drinks
Nasturtium - use leaves and flowers in salads, as a garnish or stuff flowers with soft cheese
Sunflower - fry buds or use petals as a garnish in salads
Viola - use to decorate desserts and salads or as garnish
Basil - garnish salads, soups and desserts
Borage - add blossoms to salads, garnish cold drinks, freeze in ice cubes
Chives - pull apart florets, sprinkle on salads, dips, sauces, soups & stir-fry
Coriander - add to salads and to chicken or spicy dishes
Fennel - use florets to garnish fish or dishes made with fennel and potato, add to salads
Lavender - use in baked goods, sorbets, ice cream, fish and meat dishes
Sage - flower spikes can be battered and fried or used to garnish salads
Texas Tarragon - use as a garnish, in sweet dishes, salads or "confetti"
Arugula - use as a garnish, in salad or as "confetti"
Broccoli - sprinkle on salads, poached fish or as "confetti"
Mustard - use to add a little bite to salads, sandwiches and soups
Okra - deep fry flowers or use as a garnish
Pea - use in microgreen salads or cake/pastry decorations
Scarlet Runner - use in sandwiches or salads and to garnish soups
Squash - stuff and deep fry, or slice and use in soups, omelettes, salads, pasta
BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY
If you are ever unsure of the safety of eating a particular plant, ring the NZ National Poisons Centre on 0800 764 766 or visit www.poisons.co.nz
Be cautious of aromatic plants such as Lavender, Anise Hyssop and Sweet Peas. For example, Lavender has around 50 different compounds, one of these being camphor. Not particularly edible!
- They have a 24 hour phone service or will email a reply quite quickly if the request for information is not life threatening.
- They keep records of the oral toxicity of various plants.
- If no record of death or serious illness, they will suggest toxicity is low.
- That ingesting a small quantity will not cause undue harm.
Foxgloves are not edible - all parts are toxic.