Have you ever eaten a flower? Before you quickly respond with a puzzled, “no,” take a minute to think about what a flower is. While most of us think of roses, daisies, and orchids when someone says “flower,” there are quite a few species we’re leaving out.
Because ‘vegetables’ is a culinary term, not exactly a scientific one, there are many things we consider to be vegetables but are, in fact, flowers. As you prepare your Thanksgiving table for a beautiful feast, consider adding these vegetables that double as flowers.
Leaving your vegetable patch unattended for more than a few days is usually a recipe for disaster — unless you’re talking about artichokes, that is. When left unpicked, artichokes open up to expose a beautiful purple, string-like flower. Beyond their beauty, it also makes a wonderful Thanksgiving appetizer or side dish.
While it may have a large flowering head, you won’t find broccoli in a bouquet any time soon. Though broccoli didn’t become popular in the United States until the 1920s, it has been enjoyed by people as a leafy side dish since the 6th Century B.C.
Descending from wild cabbage, cauliflower closely resembles broccoli in appearance and taste. Similar to artichokes, cauliflower will also flower if not harvested in time. Known as ‘bolting,’ cauliflower will begin to grow small yellow flowers on long stalks.
Perhaps the vegetable that most resembles a flower you’d find here at 1800Flowers.com is the squash blossom. This tasty flower grows alongside squash plants and is usually bright yellow and orange.
Grow Your Own Thanksgiving Meal
Before you head to the grocery store in search of these vegetables, or should we say flowers, consider growing them in your own backyard. Not only will they be fresh and pesticide-free, but it can also help lower the cost of your Thanksgiving dinner!
Just remember to add these vegetables to your garden in the late summer so that they’re ready in time for Turkey Day!