It’s an indescribable urge.
My mouth waters. I begin to grind my teeth at the thought of chewing the succulent texture.
I’m not salivating over a fine steak or wishing I could have a bite of a sweet truffle. In fact, I’m not even in a kitchen, restaurant or sidewalk cafe. I’d be more likely to be in a floral shop, field of wild flowers or holding a bouquet.
It’s because this urge comes from a weird thought of mine. I have the desire to eat flowers. Particularly roses.
I actually have never eaten a flower. But every time I get flowers sent to me or am in a garden, the sacchariferous smell of the petaled-beauties transcends into a delicious flavor.
Until now, it has kind of scared me. There is an actual condition termed Pica that is characterized by an appetite for substances largely non-nutritive, such as clay, chalk, dirt, or sand.
But flowers, like vegetables, seem like they might not fit in that category.
On the constant prowl for unique recipes, these flower-infused bites are most definitely something I need to try.
The recipes include tempura banana flowers, candied rose truffles and more accepted recipes like basil and mushrooms and artichoke bruschetta.