Kitchen Shrink: May culinary flowers

Kitchen Shrink: May culinary flowers


While master chefs embrace edible flowers, especially as springtime blooms, this botanical trend is anything but trendy. Julius Caesar's Roman banquet tables were not only a feast for the palate, but also for the eyes enhanced with an impressive array of brilliantly-hued culinary flowers. Throughout the ages, French foodies creatively incorporated fleurs gourmandes in sweets, savories and sips; Queen Victoria had a passion for petals; while flower power blossomed into a global psychedelic garden during the hippie era.

One summer years back, I enrolled in a botanical course where the mad science professor took the class on field trips...