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Ruth Milstein, author of the award winning recipe book 'Cooking with Love: Ventures into the New Israeli Cuisine', discusses Edible Flowers and Rose Petal Jam.
Not all flowers are edible. Some flowers are toxic while others may be edible only
after appropriate preparations. There are also possibilities of allergic reactions
with many flowers. Always buy ORGANIC flowers.
Once you learn which flowers to buy and how to use them you will have advanced to a high level of cooking knowledge. Edible flowers can be used as jams; add to soups, salads, meat and fish dishes or even to alcoholic drinks. Try it with tea for a special treat! You can also use it as a garnish to make any dish look festive.
Fruit Flowers -
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Recipe: Rose Petal Jam
You may use any color rose petals and/or edible flowers with this recipe.
2 ounces red edible rose petals / flower petals
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
Juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon
Clip and discard the white bases from the rose petals: Rinse thoroughly and let drain.
Place the petals in a medium size bowl and sprinkle on enough sugar to coat petals.
Set it aside for 4 hours. Transfer the petals into a saucepan.
Then add the water, lemon juice and if you like a sweet jam and another 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar.
Stir and let simmer for 10-
Transfer the jam into sterilized jar and refrigerate.
Ruth Milstein is the author of the award-