Madrid, Dec 12 (EFE) .- Not all flowers can be eaten, but those that do dress salads, dishes and sweets with intense colors and flavors, an upward trend in restaurants after reopening after the worst months of the pandemic, as evidenced by the fact that orders to Spanish producers have skyrocketed.
Violas or mini pansies, rose petals and garlic, wallflower, jasmine or fennel flowers are some examples of the ingredients that this Christmas can distinguish a meal or dinner and that in addition to adding beauty to the dish -well fresh, crystallized, freeze-dried or dehydrated -, they can be tasted without any problem.
After a year 2020 that was “catastrophic” for both decorative cut flowers and edible flowers, several operators of the latter business have agreed to assure Efe that the demand for orders has skyrocketed in preparation for the upcoming holidays. .
The CEO of the edible flower producer Innoflower, Laura Carrera, acknowledges that “eating flowers is not normal”, although there are references to it that date back more than 2,000 years in China and other later ones from classical Rome.
“With the popularization of ‘nouvelle cuisine’ from the 70s and 80s, edible flowers became fashionable again,” he recalled before noting that in Spain there is a long tradition, for example, of seasoning dishes with the pistils of the crocus flower.
This company, based in Zaragoza (northeast Spain) and farms in that province and in Soria (center), has a wide assortment of more than half a hundred edible flowers that serve 52 weeks of the year.
“There are sweet, bitter, salty flowers or with metallic notes that provide texture and color and that, in some cases, can change the flavor of the dish: the chefs have the magic”, he commented.
These “edible jewels” are increasingly in demand by Spanish restaurants, which this Christmas is “exceeding demand” and will allow Innoflower, launched in 2016, to end the year with a turnover of 500,000 euros, a figure similar to the of 2019.
The crystallized, freeze-dried and dehydrated versions, as well as the line of flower lollipops, with longer commercial life, are the products that have opened the field of export to this firm, which sells these products to corners of Dubai, Russia, France – the largest consumer of edible flower in Europe- or Italy.