Cooking with floral flavors and herbs like rose, lavender, chamomile, and jasmine can be a wonderful way to change up the flavors in your dishes and bring a bit more nature into your dishes. Plus, florals pair wonderfully with bright flavors like citrus. Also, if you’ve got a green thumb, cooking with florals and herbs can be a way to use some of what you’re growing at home in your meals. Florals go well with bright, light, and bold flavors, think citrus and cardamom.
The simplest way to cook with florals is to make a simple syrup by combining equal parts sugar and water along with your petals and bringing it to a boil, stirring until it thickens a little bit. Using a floral-infused simple syrup is a great way to use a floral flavor to drizzle in your tea or on top of your toast or bagel.
Roses are common to use to create light and fresh desserts, but there are a variety of other flowers you can use (think chamomile, lavender, or jasmine). Floral infuses are usually a lighter flavor, so it’s perfect for the spring and summertime. Using these delicate flavor combinations results in a light and truly scrumptious dish or dessert!
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Rose and Rosewater
Source: Syrian Rose Flavored Rice Pudding
Rose is a common floral infusion and usually, you can use rose water or the edible petals to add flavor to your dish or dessert. Try rose flavor in lattes, milkshakes, and even in shortbread bars.
- Rose Iced Latte by Teri Macovei
- Rose Petals & Cardamom Syrup by Teri Macovei
- Indian Milkshake: Cardamom, Rosewater, and Sweet Cherry Lassi by Claire Ragozzino
- Syrian Rose Flavored Rice Pudding by Pavani Nandula
- Cardamom Chocolate Cake With Rose Cashew Cream by Courtney West
- Persimmon Rose Shortbread Crumb Bars by Stephanie McKinnie
Source: No-Bake Lavender Fig Custard Tart
Lavender is a wonderful flower to add to dishes! It can be calming as a scent, and as a flavor, it offers a light taste to desserts. Try out some lavender in pound cake, ice cream, and even tarts!
- Lemon Lavender Pound Cake by Gabrielle St. Claire
- Fig Curd Tarts With Lavender and Chamomile Cream by Gina Fontana
- Raw Blueberry Lavender and Vanilla Cheesecake Squares by Lexi & Beth Sinclair
- Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream by Melissa Haithcock
- Strawberry Rose and Berry Lavender Tarts by Maria Koutsogiannis
- No-Bake Lavender Fig Custard Tart by Mitra Shirmohammadi
Source: Soft Baked Lemon Rosemary Cookies
Rosemary can be added to savory dishes for a deeper flavor. However, using rosemary alongside citrus and other lighter flavors makes the entire dish a bit more refreshing and perfect for spring!
- Rosemary-Chocolate Bark by The Vegan ABCs Cookbook by Lisa Dawn Angeram
- Soft Baked Lemon Rosemary Cookies by Gabrielle St. Claire
- Blueberry, Rosemary, and Walnut Toffee Tart by Lauren Lovatt
- Blueberry-Balsamic Meatball Sauce with Rosemary by Kathy Hester
Source: Jasmine Poached Pears
Rose, lavender, and jasmine aren’t the only flavors you can use to create delicious recipes. Try out these other infusions and flavors for more amazing eats!
- Jasmine Lavender Tea Cakes by Alex Edmondson
- Jasmine Poached Pears by Rouxbe
- Chamomile Panna Cotta With Citrus Fruits by Maikki Vasala
- Peach and Chamomile Ice Pops by Azucena Noriega
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