Cooking with wildflowers - don't start too early

Cooking with wildflowers sounds like adventure and tastes colorful on the tongue. Dandelions on your plate? Daisies in the Salad? Where do you get that? Best in the children's kitchen!

Do not start cooking with wildflowers too soon

Because wildflowers are not only tasty, they also look beautiful on the plate and, as is well known, the eye is with it. They are also healthy and just spice up any meal.

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But which flowers are edible and how can I prevent my child from thinking that it could just put all the beautiful flowers of forest, field and meadow into my mouth? At the latest with the thimble this is life-threatening!

In order for the above problem when cooking with wildflowers not really to be a danger, your child should have a certain age before they start to cook in the kitchen with wildflowers. It should be known that some flowers are edible and some are highly toxic.

You cannot give an exact age, because one child learns and understands faster than the other. But in general, parents know their child well enough to be able to estimate what the best time is to cook wildflowers!

For one, this can be in the second year of kindergarten and for the other only when they start school. The next question follows: Where do I collect the flowers and which can I take?

Which flowers are edible?

Definitely more than you think. You can use the dandelion blossoms for honey when cooking with wildflowers (but ONLY the blossoms!), Nasturtium blossoms go wonderfully in the salad because they taste spicy, but they can also be placed on any soup as a decoration. Daisies have a nutty taste that goes a bit tart.

Like the flowers of the nasturtium, daisies go well in salads and soups, but also in quark. However, if you are allergic to daisy family such as chamomile, you should keep your hands off the daisies, because this plant also belongs to this plant family. In addition, excessive consumption can lead to stomach pain, so please do not overdo it.

Hibiscus and carnation can be candied when cooking with wildflowers and are wonderfully served with desserts. Rose petals can also be candied or processed into syrup. Marigold blossoms not only go well with sandwiches, but also with omelets or salads. Ice begonias are great eye catchers and look beautiful on fruit tarts!

The same goes for lavender blossoms: you can freeze the blossoms in ice cubes or put them in a children's punch to catch the eye or for a better aroma! Creativity is just as important when cooking wildflowers as a healthy dose of caution! You can find a lot of information about edible flowers on the internet.

No flowers off the beaten track!

If you're still in the early stages of cooking wildflowers, you'll want to pull the flowers you want to use yourself. This works best in the garden or on the balcony. But even in the city, one or the other flower can bloom on the windowsill.

Flowers along the way are often polluted by animal excrement, in addition they can easily be confused with other poisonous varieties. The collection of wild flowers for cooking in the woods or on the lawn can be learned, preferably on a guided herbal hike.

In the garden, you know what you have planted, but here, of course, animals can contaminate the flowers. Therefore, you should rinse them very carefully before using them. Flower mixtures for cooking with wildflowers are available from specialist retailers or DIY stores.

It will be even more fun for your child if they both sow the seeds together and then watch the flowers grow together and finally reap. Even when cooking with wildflowers, it can help, then the healthy salad tastes twice as good afterwards!


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