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Lemon Linguine Pasta Salad with Edible May Flowers

Last month I shared an amazing Mariage Freres Earl Grey Tea and biscotti combo that was wonderfully befitting for April showers.  All that rain has bloomed amazing flowers, at least in my part of town.

In fact, just this past weekend I visited the Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach where just about every variety of exotic and everyday flowers are budding and showing off.  As I strolled through the massive bucolic and structural garden, I came to a patch of flowers, which struck my eye. Not only were they bold in color and robust in aroma, but also I realized most of them were edible.

There were roses, hydrangeas, snapdragons, lily’s, honeysuckles (my all-time favorite as a child), violets, which I use regularly to garnish desserts and jasmine.

For a gourmet, the epitome of tasteful eating is exhibited when your dish is beautifully presented and more importantly, when everything on the plate is edible and leaves your palate tickled. The visit to the gardens inspired a dish that perfectly embodies those qualities.

In deciding what to create and share with you today, I took a quick, unofficial poll on my Faceboook page and asked friends what their favorite edible flowers are.  I wasn’t completely surprised by the responses but enjoyed reading the plethora of interests from like-minded cooks.  Aside from the widely popular micro rosebuds and lavender, orchids, juniper, elderflower (wonderful for St. Germain cocktails), borage and nasturtium made the list.

To read the rest of this week’s column and get a yummy recipe, go to Dean & DeLuca’s ‘Gourmet Blog,’ here!

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34 thoughts on “Lemon Linguine Pasta Salad with Edible May Flowers

  1. A superb pasta dish! Beautiful and delicious looking. I love that addition of edible flowers.



  2. Hey Bren…. This dish looks & sounds Delish!! I’m actually having somewhat difficulty looking for Edible flowers….especially since i bake all the time..I search for them to decorate my cakes…. Any suggestions?

  3. Ah, I can attest to the deliciousness of the dish; I ended up eating it all by myself!! Thanks, Bren, and being the epicurean I am, it also was a feast to the eyes. You cannot beat a delicately scrumptious dish presented in such graceful, elegant way. Ah, the pleasures of fine dining!!!

  4. oh.que rico se ve eso .tiene todo lo que me gusta y la decoracion ni que decir todo es y se ve delicioso .felicidades

  5. OMG – I just realized I missed this one. What a gorgeous lookin dish (just like the chica who made it). Love the textures, flavors, colors…love it all!

  6. 108655 956414I always visit your weblog and retrieve everything you post here but I never commented but today when I saw this post, I couldnt stop myself from commenting here. Wonderful post mate! 847292

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