Buy Fresh Herb Flowers
Fresh edible herb flowers are grown seasonally at Maddocks Farm Organics. You can choose from the following selection:
Chive flowers are so commonly seen covered with bees in the corner of a herb patch that they can sometimes be overlooked but they are one of the most delicious of the edible herb flowers. Chive flower butter is stunning on new potatoes, or stirred through pasta.
Coriander flowers are beautiful. They are a big hit with chefs as they are lacy with a milder, sweeter flavour than the herb itself. They are also pretty robust so hold well as garnishes on both sweet and savoury canapés. They are also stunning highlights on Wedding Cheese Cakes. We successional sow coriander so it is available for a lot of the year.
Dill flowers are delicious with a mild sweet aniseed flavour and make a wonderful floral butter and are delicious served with pork and fish dishes as well as being scattered through a herb salad. The tiny little stars cut from the heads to make a flavoursome garnish. We sow dill successionally so you can buy dill flowers pretty much throughout the year.
Fennel flowers are much stronger and more robust. A strong sweet hit of liquorice and completely addictive. Fennel pollen is extremely expensive chef’s ingredient which can cheaply be replicated by grinding up the fresh flowers in a pestle and mortar. Lovely in bouillabaisse and stunning in these fennel and pancetta muffins.
Garlic Chives are available in the Autumn. Not dissimilar to wild garlic in the Spring the flowers are crunchy and garlicky. Lovely in homemade salsas, in fritattas, on new potatoes or just about anywhere where a fresh garlic bite is perfect.
Marjoram and oregano both synonymous with Mediterranean dishes and can be used as the leaves are. Nice blitzed and rubbed under the skin of chicken before roasting, in stuff ing or as a garnish for tomato soup.
Not strictly a herb Mexican Tarragon flowers actually come from the marigold family but with a distinctive tarragon flavour so a wonderful addition and garnish to a whole host of savoury dishes.
Pineapple sage is one of my absolute favourites. Arriving very late in the day but with a fabulous fragrant pineapple scent so wonderful with a whole selection of desserts – my favourite being an autumnal fruit salad.
Rosemary is usually associated with savoury dishes and the flowers work very well with these but I particularly like it in the lovely Rosemary Cake from our blog.
Sage flowers are exquisite miniature orchids with a punchy sage flavour. Lovely with anything tomato and of course, a well known marriage with onions. These tiny little flavour bombs make a wonderful garnish to many dishes are a key component in herb flower butters.
Sweet Cicely flowers, as the name would suggest have a very sweet flavour with mild aniseed notes. The flowers look similar to elderflower but are more delicate and a lovely garnish to many desserts.
Thyme flowers are a very popular garnish with the cheffing crowd who love their delicate look and use them to garnish a whole host of savoury and sometimes sweet dishes. They are particularly nice with quiches and flans and a rather happy partnership with mushrooms.
Winter Purslane flowers are small saucers of fleshy green with a cucumber flavour and delicate white flowers in the centre. They are one of the first flowers to start in the Spring and a firm favourite here at Maddocks Farm Organics. They form an integral part of our early season salads.
Most of the herb flowers are quite delicate and therefore sent as ‘sprigs’ where both the tiny flowers and the herb itself can be eaten. The exception are the chives and winter purslane where 50 flowers are included to a box and the Mexican Tarragon where 70 are included.
Herb Flower Recipes
We have extensive herb flower recipes on our blog here. There are many favourites including fennel and pancetta muffins: rosemary cake and chive vinegar.