Monday, May 7, 2012
MAY 7, 2012 EDIBLE FLOWERS
"OUR ATTITUDES SHAPE OUR WORLD."
My attitude this weekend didn't shape the moon. It was "such a moon". I felt like the characters, Raymond Cappomaggi (Louis Guss) and Cosmo Castorini (Vincent Gardenia) in the 1987 film, Moonstruck. I can even remember the grandfather walking his dogs and looking at the moon saying- 'La Bella Luna.'
The best night to view this 'supermoon ' was Saturday, but clouds in NYC prohibited it. Last night was still spectacular. Last night, the moon was just 221,802 miles away from Earth, or about 15,000 miles closer than average. The moon's angular size was 14 percent wider than it is at maximum distance, and it was 30 percent brighter than minimum moonshine. If we define a supermoon as the biggest, brightest full moon of a given year, next year's supermoon will be almost as good as this year's, on June 23, 2013. The supermoon of 2014 will be brighter, and the 2016 super moon will outdo the previous year. For those who love telescopes and planets, you will able to see Venus, Mars and Saturn through May 2012.
If you think your single attitude can't shape the world - YOU ARE WRONG. It might be only one opinion but it can start a movement. This is how the Herbal Movement started years ago, and continues to move on. It is the grassroots movement of what medicine will be in the next few years. I do know that the attitude of Bill W and Dr Bob started a movement in 1939 and still continues today- it is called Alcoholic Anonmyous (A.A.)
Edible flowers on a restaurant plate always delight me. When a dendobium orchid appeared on Alyss'a plate I was ecstatic. I knew I would get one. Edible flowers always add a third dimension not only to the dinner plate but to the herbal garden. I think people still have the notion that, "vegetables are for eating and flowers are for looking at." This is not true.
When I was studying in Ithaca, 7song always grabbed a flower or two on the herbal walks and consumed them. I wouldn't suggest eating every flower on an herbal walk as some can be poisonous.
There are two flowers that are always edible. These are nasturtiums and violas. Some people call the violas by their common name - Johnny jump ups (Viola tricolor). If these are edible so are pansies and violets.
As a child I remember my grandparents often picked the zucchini flowers. Either it was breaded and eaten or even stuffed with cheese and eaten. This was a ritual in my Poppy's garden as soon as the flowers bloomed. Today it is considered a delicacy. There are many edible flowers. Even if the list below is edible you must always know if your neighbor sprayed them with any pesticides before you pick them.
Some edibles are :
Artichoke (flower bud) , Broccoli (flower buds), Cauliflower (flower buds), Caper (flower buds),Chamomile (for tea), Cannabis (flowers or buds), Chives (flowers or buds), Chrysanthemum (flower), Citrus blossoms (lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit), Clover (Trifolium), Daisies (Bellis perennis quills), Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale leaves, roots, flowers, petals, buds), Daylilies (Hemerocallis buds, flowers, petals), Elderflower (blossoms for drink), Hibiscus, Honeysuckle, Jasmine (for tea),Lilac (salads), Moringa oleifera, Nasturtium (blossoms and seeds), Osmanthus fragrans (flower), Pansies (Viola x Wittrockiana flowers, petals), Pot Marigolds (Calendula officinalis petals with white heel removed), Roses (Rosa petals with white heel removed, rose hips), Sesbania grandiflora (flower), Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus buds, petals, seeds), Violet ('leaf and flowers in salads, candied flowers for pastry decoration') and Zucchini blossoms (blossoms)
My favorite edible flowers are in bold type above.
The second photograph is the Blue flower from the Borage plant which can be eaten; Below that is the zucchini flower which can be eaten, breaded and even stuffed.
The last photograph is the moon taken last night May 6, 2012