When I saw this bunch of edible herbs for sale I couldn’t resist buying them. What a lovely idea. They smell great, and make a really interesting arrangement, not your usual flowers.
Where the herbal bouquet makes a real impact is as a gift. You need to remind the receiver that the bunch is edible, so please don’t just throw them away, get cooking.
The edible and medicinal flower bunch is organically grown and is not treated with herbicides, insecticides or pesticides.
The bunches contain Borage, with its beautiful star like blue flowers. It can be used in soups and salads or you can freeze the flowers in ice cubes and add them to cold drinks, it looks divine.
Feverfew , can be used in fatty dishes to break down greasiness and is ideal with pork. Then there is that old favourite Rosemary, brilliant with lamb as a rub, and the stems can be used as kebab sticks to flavour meat as well.
Rose Geranium, this is a beauty and it can be used in tea. It’s very calming and relaxing. You can also place a few leaves in the bottom of a cake tin before pouring the cake mixture in, and you end up with a lovely rose scented cake.Yummy.
Mint, possibly one of the most versatile of all the herbs when cooking. Fantastic in drinks and cocktails. Obviously it’s great in a tea, in Morocco they drink vast quantities of mint tea with loads of sugar.
Then there’s my favourite use for mint. There is nothing like freshly made mint sauce for your roast leg of lamb.
I use a cup of verjuice, a teaspoon of brown sugar and good handful of leaves crushed in a pestle and mortar. You stir together and heat gently. My favourite thing about mint is the smell. It puts me on a high.
Don’t forget a sprig of mint with any chocolate desert looks special.
You can see why I just adore these edible bouquets.
The herbs and flowers are grown in Stellenbosch by organic farmers called Wild at Heart.
Herbal bouquets available for sale in Melissas outlets for R69.
To contact Wild at Heart; Tel 084 734 2087.