Delving into the mind of an Edible Flowers expert!
In April this year we teamed up with the wonderful @mrsbsedibleflowers to bring you another easy grow-at-home product: our mix of edible flower seeds. Here’s Mrs B herself being every interviewer’s dream - chatting so passionately without the need for loads of questions!
Q: What got you into growing edible flowers?
A: 15 years ago I stumbled across a plant unfamiliar to me. It was beautiful and I fell in love with its star shaped flowers. I researched the plant and found it to be Borage, even better still... it was completely edible...with the most delightful cucumber flavour... That was probably where my edible flower journey began.
Q: Which is your favourite edible flower to grow and why?
A: To be quite honest Borage is probably up there as my favourite as it re - seeds itself and is real easy to grow, definitely one of my top ten. I prefer flowers for flavour. They must enhance the flavour of the dish. So I would say I have many favourites. They include Radish and Nasturtium flowers - hot and spicy, all the alliums, kale flowers, savory, and herb flowers too, Rosemany, Thyme, Sage, Hyssop, Bergamot. They have all have a aromatic flavour that enhance dishes.
Cornflowers are pretty and their delicate petals are just delightful. They are a stunning garnish (when using just the petals not the whole flower) with a sweet clove-like-flavour. This one is probably up there with Borage!
Then there is Shungiku- Chrysanthemum Garland - it tastes delicious with the most delicate sweet, aromatic flavour - this is a fabulous flower with beautiful dual coloured flowers. Even the leaves are edible too.... You can even grow it as A MICRO[green]!! 🙌
To be honest... Asking me what my favourite flower is, is basically like asking me who my favourite child is. They're all just fabulous!
Q: What’s your top dish to feature edible flowers?
A: Simples…A salad...Visually, flowers enhance a dish but they add taste and texture too. No Brainer... Salads every time!
Don’t fancy going outside to grow your own yummy goodies? No problem! I have the perfect solution...microgreens...I love microgreens because they germinate and grow quickly and can sit on your windowsill or kitchen worktop meaning they are easily accessible so you can just chop away at them with your scissors and add them to your dinner 😋 .
Microgreens what’s not to love? Quick and easy to grow and highly nutritious...The whole kit is really easy to use with clear step by step instructions and pre measured coir and seed packs...I would happily purchase to get loved ones growing at home 💚 .
Stunning microgreen kit from @sowfreshofficial. I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of this kit, the tubs are recycled plastic and dishwasher safe, it isn’t grown in soil but coir which is a byproduct of coconuts, this alone makes for excellent composting material once your microgreens have grown 🌱 ...I adore the wooden box design.
Micropinks!!!...I am officially in love with microgreens (pinks)...It amazes me that something so small and beautiful can pack such a nutritious punch!
I am particularly impressed with this company and its continuing prompt support . They have many more advanced kits for those wanting to go further with Microgreen growing. If you're new to Microgreens, I highly recommend this product and hope they continue to do well.
I really like the quality of the box and black tubs, how the amount of seeds and coir is measured out makes things very easy and the instructions are very clear. The kit is nice and compact too to fit on windowsills.
I purchased the Chomper, (Excellent Quality) and continue to have great success with all seeds. Richard was extremely helpful, pointing me in the right direction. I am certainly going to be buying from this company for a long time to come. Thank you for getting me started on micro greens.