Tulip canapés, Maddox Farms.
After a year we would all like to forget, colorful spring-blooming tulips will be a welcome feast for the eye as well as the palate. From the same botanical family as onions and garlic, … Read More…
After a year we would all like to forget, colorful spring-blooming tulips will be a welcome feast for the eye as well as the palate. From the same botanical family as onions and garlic, tulips are one of many edible flowers. Some innovative professional and amateur chefs use the flowers to serve up a variety of beautiful and delicious tulip cuisine.
Tulips only bloom for 7-10 days but their petals need not to go to waste. They can make a crisp and colorful accompaniment to a spring salad or other tulip dish. Young, fresh petals vary in scent, flavor and texture depending on their species–from sweet to earthy and grassy, or milky.
Selecting Edible Tulips
Botanists categorize the flowers by genus, species and cultivar and commercially available tulips fall into 15 groups defined by shape, heritage and flowering time.
When selecting among the best tulip bulbs for sale to use as an edible ingredient, consider those whose scents offer a pleasant flavor and whose textures provide a little crunch. Single early tulips, especially red, coral and orange ones, may be the most fragrant with a flavor some describe as similar to peas or sweet lettuce.