Valentine’s Day Garnish Ideas with Color and Flavor: But not Just for Valentines Day!
Edible garnishes might be small, but they really add that finishing touch for plate presentation. We are going to talk quickly about the two categories of garnish: edible flowers and microgreens.
Edible flowers are a beautiful way to add a huge pop of color. Use them whole as an elegant finish, add a few to a glass of champagne, a mimosa, or a cocktail. What about breaking apart the flower petals into edible confetti and sprinkling on salads, entrees, or desserts. Serve a beautiful breakfast with a sprinkle of flower confetti on an omelet. While edible flowers are great for Valentine’s Day, they are also perfect New Year’s menus, weddings, and pastry presentations.
In need of something more sturdy? Edible orchids might be exactly what you are looking for. They are the perfect mix of beauty and hardiness. The most common edible orchid is the Dendrobium variety, and it is known as beautiful but more robust than other edible flowers. These are the edible flowers that are ideal for off-premise dining or a banquet.
Microgreens are a great way to punch up the flavor and drama of your plates, and the variety of colorful mixes is endless. The first growth of beets, cabbages, onions, herbs, and other edible crops are harvested as microgreens when they are about a week old. They are tiny, with small tender leaves and soft edible stems that can taste very similar to the “grown up” versions, and may in fact be packed with nutrition.
Some microgreens will have creative names, for example Bulls Blood, and can be vibrantly colored—lending themselves as perfect and simple colorful garnishes.
Have you heard about Hearts of Fire Sorrel, aka Red Veined Sorrel? Dan Snowden at FreshPoint Central Florida says, “It works great with fish and shellfish, adding a bright, acidic note redolent of rhubarb.”
These are just a few Valentine’s Day Garnish ideas to add color and flavor to your plates. Check with your FreshPoint location to find out what unique Valentine’s Day items are available. Some items listed are not available at all locations, and some are special order.
Note: Not all flowers that are edible are food safe. We recommend you buy edible flowers from a reputable company with food safety practices in place.
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