Can you do anything with sage flowers?
My sage plant is flowering. Can I do anything with the flowers? Are they edible? Are there any recipes for them?
I have never used sage flowers, but looked up some information on the web and in a book that I have called "Growing & Using Sage"
Sage flowers are definitely edible. In doing a search for "sage flower recipes" on Google, I came up with more references to pineapple sage flowers than anything else, but they are all edible.
Here are a couple of recipes:
Sage flower pesto - http://homecooking.about.com/library/...
Roast pork with sage flower sauce -
I also saw that you can use pineapple sage flowers (and I assume other types) in a potpourri.
re: jen maiser
In the summertime, when my herbs are overflowing with deliciousness, they inevitably get flwers because I am not diligent about keeping that from happening. Sage leaves can sometimes be quite bitter, but often just taste like a mellow sage leaf. I often throw the sage flowers, thyme flowers, chive flowers, etc. into salads or if I am cooking something fancy, I use them as a garnish. As a garnish, there is nothing more beautiful and fragrant than fresh herb flowers. They could also garnish a pureed soup very nicely.
Chive blossems can be cooked in their entirety, but that is a different story.
Yes, if you want to keep any plant from flowering, simply pinch off the buds as you see them beginning to form. I always pinch the flower buds off of my summer basil plants, so the fragrant basil leaves will keep coming. I do like sage flowers in green salads,they are very beautiful and fragrant and tasty.
Not responding to your question, sorry, but once I had deep fried sage leaves as an antipasto in Friuli. They were just dipped into an egg mixture and fried until crispy and they were addictively good.
Sage Flower Pesto
2 cups sage flowers
1/4 cups walnuts, roasted
1/2 cup walnut oil
1 clove garlic, peeled
4 green onion, white part only, coarsely chopped
Process all ingredients in processor until smooth. Good on pasta or as
an accompaniment to roast pork or veal.
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they are edible but I don't know any recipes all I know is that you can put them on top of cakes for decoration. Hope this helped :)