The Appeal of Microgreens and Edible Flowers
Are you looking to brighten up your meals? Thinking about hosting a dinner party? Have you considered using microgreens or edible blossoms to freshen up your dishes? Microgreens can add a wonderful flavor or different texture to a dish. They’re most commonly used to garnish desserts (especially candied flowers or sugar flowers), although other types of microgreens have been used to garnish main dishes as well. Luckily for you, there are about 100 different types of common garden flowers that you can eat safely and also taste wonderful!
What Are Microgreens and Why Should We Grow Microgreens?
If someone’s told you that microgreens are the equivalent of sprouts, don’t listen to them! Microgreens are not the same as sprouts! Instead, they can be defined as seedlings that were harvested early, before they reached their full plant size. If you’re trying to grow microgreens, you should know they’re generally rated on a scale, which starts at 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent). To grow microgreens that are marketable, you want a score of 3 or better (visually), while anything under 3 will be unmarketable. Additionally, to keep them at their best, the best temperature to store microgreens at is 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Some popular forms of microgreens are arugula, cress, or parsley. Microgreens are a colorful and often flavorful new experience. If you’re interested in expanding your palate, adding microgreens to dishes can be a great way to discover new flavors you enjoy.
What’s The Appeal of Edible Flowers in Restaurants?
Edible flowers, such as hibiscus or violas can add vibrant colors to your meals or desserts. Guests are often surprised to know that they can consume everything on their plate. Adding crystallized or candied flowers to desserts can make it more aesthetically pleasing for customers. Since so much of consumerism is based upon appearance, you want to impress your customers with how beautiful your cupcakes, cakes, or baked goods appear. Little embellishments like candied flowers can really add to that.
You’ll most often find microgreens or edible flowers being used in upscale restaurants, to add a little panache to their menu. Additionally the often vibrant flavors of microgreens are popular in appetizer salads or add a little color to the presentation. More and more Americans are visiting upscale restaurants, according to a study in the past year. Results found that visits were up 3%. A foodie culture is definitely growing and microgreens and edible flowers are swiftly becoming a part of that culture as people seek to broaden their culinary horizons.