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11 May

Pack a floral punch in your menu

Be it in savouries, beverages or cake embellishments –fresh blooms add their flower power in wedding menus in many ways. Read on to find out how

Flowers are not just found garnished over salads. If you set out to explore the various ways in which flowers can be incorporated in food, you would end up discovering a cuisine entirely devoted to them. Some edible flowers are known for their medicinal properties and are therefore infused in teas and other beverages. Some form the base for flavourful desserts and sweets that we can’t get enough of. And then, there are flowerets that are known to lend their essence to popular main course offerings.

 

Blossom into a drink

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Edible flowers add the perfect finishing touches to a dish, and sometimes, even a signature flavour. Chef Amit Sharma, Co-founder, Love & Cheesecake, says, “In beverages, lavender lattes, elderflower cocktails and even rose-flavoured milkshakes see the extensive use of flowers to concoct special flavours. In India, it is also common to eat rose petals in the form of gulkand.”

 

Exotic flavours

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Fresh flowers work really well to enhance flavours in beverages, points out Sanjay Vazirani, Founder and Chairman, Foodlink Banquet and Catering Pvt Ltd. Vazirani shares, “From floral cocktails such as hibiscus and berry ice tea, violet mojito, mogra sherbet, etc to appetisers such as stuffed zucchini flowers and banana flower cutlets—edible flowers are used as exotic ingredients in dishes.”

 

Blooms and berries – The wedding cake

PHOTO: SABEETHA'S CAKES, THE CHEESECAKE PROJECT

Sharma also adds, “The newest trend in wedding cakes is buttercream floral blooms, followed by pansies, which are probably the most well-known edible flowers.” There are a variety of floral embellishments couples can opt for while deciding on the look and feel of the cake. Sabeetha Shyam, Owner, Sabeetha’s Cakes, shares, “If you’re looking for customised floral accents for your cake, sugar flowers offer endless options. They are created petal by petal, thus adding many levels of customisation to the art. The flowers don’t wilt and the colours don’t fade, but the biggest attraction is their absolutely delicious taste.”

On the flipside, using such embellishments comes with a cluster of its own downfalls. Therefore, while incorporating flowers in cake decor, couples should keep in mind the durability of the flowers. Shyam adds, “The colours of fresh flowers tend to bleed onto the cake, especially in our humid climate. Additionally, they require careful cleaning and need to be wrapped with foil to avoid insects from coming in contact with the cake. Also, the flowers must be placed minutes before the ceremony to prevent them from wilting.”

Keeping in mind the blooms and wilts of involving flowers in your wedding menu, the aplomb and beauty will not disappoint you. Flowers, after all, are a wedding essential and combined with food, it encapsulates the whole wedding on a plate.

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