Edible Flowers & why I’m not allowed to go to Whole Foods alone…

July 5th, 2010


I went into Whole Foods to buy edible flowers…

which I had been searching for tirelessly in the DC area for weeks as part of the third match of our Tasty (Kitchen) Tennis game… edible flowers for breakfast… in fact, I scared the poor guy at the Whole Foods when I called to ask for edible flowers…

Produce Guy: Yes, we have edible flowers
Ginny (in disbelief): Really? No, you can’t!
Produce Guy: Yes, we do
Ginny (in a really excited voice!): Oh, that is wonderful! I’m so excited! I’ve been calling everyone! You really have some?

so, I got off the phone and drove over to Whole Foods… I grabbed three containers of flowers and then thought… oh, I’ll look around… that is where the trouble started… ooo… cute little quail eggs… oh, a sample of white fish? of course…. delicious…. only $9.99 a pound… I’ll take a pound… dried gooseberries? I wonder if they are like the jam…

Juan: Hey! What is up?
Ginny: Never let me go to Whole Foods alone. I spent way too much but I do have pretty little flowers and some quail eggs… plus I’m going to make us some yummy fish…

The fish was quite yummy. There were Marigolds in the flower containers, which have a slight peppery taste. I wanted to keep the dish simple to really bring out the flavor of the fish and flowers. I just used a little lime juice and ginger. A delicious combination and worth every penny!

Ginny’s Marigold and Ginger White Fish

1 2 in piece of ginger, chopped
6 marigold heads, chopped
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound whitefish (I forgot the name of the fish- started with a T but was not tilapia- you want something with a mild flavor. I liked this one because it was mild but a little fatty so it was very moist when cooked)
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons lime juice

1. Heat the olive oil in a pan with the ginger over medium heat until the olive oil begins the sizzle.
2. Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper and place in the frying pan.
3. Cook on both sides for 4-5 minutes each.
4. For the last minute, sprinkle with lime juice and the marigolds.

P.S. For more flower ideas, stay tuned for the third round of Tasty (Kitchen) Tennis.


3 Responses to “Edible Flowers & why I’m not allowed to go to Whole Foods alone…”

  1. Resa on July 6, 2010 5:01 am

    Whole foods is evil like that. Yesterday I went for chicken and came home with a bag full of Siggi’s skyr. I saved 30 cents on each but still spent over 2 dollars for a stupid yogurt.

  2. rye on July 19, 2010 6:37 pm

    what was the fish? trout perhaps?

  3. luis Warner on March 26, 2011 4:15 pm

    So funny.. I know the feeling everytime I go shopping for that one thing. I come home with a ton.

    Shad Roe is in season .. give it a try. I served it with thick slab bacon and a mix of micro greens and fresh fennel tossed with my home made Myers lemon olive oil and fresh Myers lemon juice. Soaked the shad overnight in salted water then floured it and sautéed it in duck fat.

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