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help! ate some delicious flowers, don't know their names...

...at Le Petit Vatel in Paris' 5th. Their vegetable plate had these fantastic purple and yellow flowers sprinkled on top that gave off a wonderful aroma. I asked what they were, but the hostess didn't know in English. My butchered memory of what she called them in french was "bleuex" and "cioucix" or something like that. Thoughts?

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  1. Hi,

    Would they look like this?
    http://images.google.com/images?&...

    If so, here what I know about "capucines" (Nasturtium):
    "Capucines" were made popular in cooking with Alain Passard's "moules de bouchot à la fleur de capucine". The chef of l'Arpège created a dish where the commonly used saffron was replaced with Capucine flowers to flavour the mussels.

    Rgds

    J.

    1. Purple and yellow flowers wouldn't be nasturtiums. (Though nasturtiums are good.) I think they may have been johnny-jump-ups, a sweet-smelling kind of viola, cousin to a pansy.

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      1. re: Glencora

        I like to use nastutiums in salsa or bruschetta...just a side note!

      2. They weren't nasturtiums. The flowers were tiny with very thin petals -- about the size of lavender.

        I have a picture of them....is there a way I can upload it?

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        1. re: tastytamarind

          If you do a Google image search with "bleuet" (centaurea cyanus)

          http://www.pixiflore.com/pages/fiche_...

          and "souci" (calendula officinalis)

          http://www.aujardin.info/plantes/souc...

          , you can check if the picture matches what you ate. If yes, a French-English dictionary should help you find the right flower.

          I'm sorry, I don't know the English names of these flowers.

          Otherwise, in French restaurants usually the edible flowers are "capucines". Don't know what it is in English, again.

          Hope this helps.

          1. re: tastytamarind

            Put the pictures on a site like Flicker and then provide a link to that site.

          2. I have been thinking that this flower could be viola too Glencora. How about this picture:

            http://whatscookingamerica.net/Edible...

            1. The bleuet looks like what we would call a batchlor button, and do not know about the other.

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              1. re: Quine

                The other is calendula just like it's latin name, though it is often called pot marigold. It is a common edible flower, also used for color and teas. It does have a spicy, slightly bitter taste.