Rose syrup is a flavoured simple syrup with the addition of fresh or dried rose petals which impart a delicate rose flavour reminiscent of Turkish delight. This quick and easy recipe is versatile and is great in drinks, desserts, cocktails, cakes and buttercream icing.
Nettles (Urtica dioica) are a common shrub native to Europe and Asia. The plants have heart-shaped leaves and stems that are covered in fine hairs which cause pain, redness and swelling if brushed against.
Nettles have a number of health benefits including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, immunostimulatory, anti-infectious, hypotensive, antiulcer activities and cardiovascular disease prevention.
Also known as ramsons, wild garlic (Allium ursinum) is a bulbous perennial plant native to Europe in Asia. It grows in dense clumps on woodland floors, forming a carpet of white in spring when in flower.
Wild garlic is a versatile plant with many culinary uses from soups to salads and pesto. Its delicate garlic flavour isn’t as overpowering as true garlic.
For this recipe, I purchased a packet of organic, culinary lavender for a few dollars. Homegrown lavender can also be used but should be pesticide-free.
Herbs are a vital component of cooking, imparting their unique flavour in both savoury and sweet dishes. There is nothing more rewarding than hand-picked herbs from your kitchen garden.
All of the plants featured in this article are suitable for pots or planted in the ground, they are easy to care for and versatile.
Edible flowers have a long culinary and medical history and have seen a recent surge in popularity. Many commonly grown flowers are edible and can add flavour, texture and colour to recipes. Pineapple sage Scientific name: Salvia elegans Taste: Sweet, tangy, pineapple Sunlight: Full sun Height: 1.5 metres Width: 90 cm to 1.2 metres Uses: … Read more