Sugar flowers are essentially a part of the micro greens family, which have both a delicate and fresh appearance to them and which have a thoroughly vibrant taste too. Usually, these delectable microgreens, which also include crystallized flowers, edible blossoms and basil crystals on top of sugar flowers, are harvested anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks after they are first grown, though generally most will require just 1 to 2 weeks of time from planting to harvest. This makes these treats enormously fresh and absolutely delicious.
For those unfamiliar with sugar flowers and with the greens that are grown in this way, they have been in existence for some time but only in recent years have they gained steam, quite literally, in the culinary marketplace. Chefs for years had used flowers to decorate their dishes, but novices and everyday folks did not have access to this kind of stuff. But now they do, now that growers are making it so much simpler to purchase these sugar flowers and other delicious treats online.
These edible flowers, which were used by professional chefs long before anyone else, also are generally used to help spice up vinegars, syrups, dressings and other condiments, and they frequently are churned into butter and mixed in with cheese for a more delicious taste. But even before professional chefs, medieval monks were using these mead and syrup as ways to preserve their violets, and to help treat ailments like the flu and colds too. During Victorian times, candied violets were highly popular as well, and they continue their use today as they end up being used in many confectioners’ facilities.
In modern times, sugar flowers and other delicious confections are being purchased by people who finally want their stake in this business. Of course, their stake is more to enjoy these treats than to make money off of them. They are finding that more growers are more than accommodating in their shipping of this merchandise, so they can place orders fairly quickly and can have their greens and their sugar flowers delivered to them in virtually no time. The internet has fully allowed for this, and growers could not be more pleased. Neither could regular consumers, who now have their access to these delectable foods, which have strong nutritional values to them and which add dramatically to any kind of dish, salad, or even delicious dessert like a cake.