From the peppery heat of colourful Nasturtium flowers to the dainty white flowers of Garlic Chives with their punchy garlic/chive flavour or the hint of mild cucumber of pretty blue Borage, edible flowers are more than just decoration. They make dishes look more appealing, appetising and give little bursts of unusual and unexpected flavours.
Trendy TV shows like Master Chef have shown it's all the rage to dress up a dish with colourful, tasty edible flowers and as a home gardener it is very easy to pick a few flowers through the season that are an added bonus of the plant you have nurtured. A bolting Rocket can give beautiful dainty yellow/white flowers with a punchy peppery hit, herbs that have begun to flower like Chives, Rosemary, Sage, Basil or Oregano can liven up a salad or the home grower can choose to grow whatever flowers they wish to use for edible flowers like Nasturtiums.
Edible flowers are at their best picked shortly before use when they are at their freshest and plumpest. They deteriorate quickly making them difficult to buy in shops so a home grower has the advantage of picking them as and when required and creating individual, colourful dishes.
Here our some of our favourites that can add colour, flavour or both to a dish and also prettify the garden & veg plot.
Why not grow your own edible flowers and dress up your dishes like a Master Chef professional with your own individual home grown colourful and flavourful edible flowers. Perfect!
April is an excellent month to sow perennial herb seeds like Rosemary, Oregano, Sage and Thyme. A pot of herbs growing by your kitchen door will mean you will be just a couple of snips away from a bunch of fresh home-grown flavoursome leaves that will enhance meal times for years to come!
Here are 12 of our favourite perennial herbs that can be sown in April through to May and will return year after year with very little effort!
Thyme English Winter
Thyme Purple Creeping
Last year was a real gardening success the weather was glorious and our plots were bursting with healthy bountiful harvests. However wet and cold January is there is plenty to look forward to and for the gardening calendar it starts with planning for the coming year. We recommend choosing varieties you just couldn’t do without and perhaps try some new ones to push your gardening skills or taste buds.
And if you can’t wait to get sowing there are a few veg varieties that can be sown in January. So why not get a head start, clean out the heated propagator and sow some Superhot Chilli Seeds, they will benefit from an early sowing as they need a long season to fruit. Or perhaps sow Cauliflower All Year Round, Onion Bugatti or Red Baron now into modules and keep in an unheated greenhouse and they will be ready to plant out in spring
See our section for other varieties that are suitable for a January sowing…