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A flower crown good enough to eat

Garden Day is the ideal time to experiment with edible blooms and add a new dimension to your summer cooking style. Head to the garden and find out which are edible on the free community garden app Candide and which are best to avoid. Serve your edible beauties at their best by picking them fresh on Garden Day, Sunday 11 October.

Rosemary flower crown

Zucchini blossoms, hibiscus petals, lavender buds, or whole pansies – edible flowers have been on the menu for thousands of years. Flowers are as versatile as herbs to add not only visual appeal but also flavour and fragrance to any drink or dish.

Here, Babylonstoren’s Constance Stuurman shares her tips for making an edible flower crown with some proudly South African garden staples. Remember to cut your herbs and flowers with a long stem for easier handling. Make your flower crown in advance and store it safely in the fridge to keep it fresh. Spray it with water on the day to refresh the petals.

You’ll need:

  • rosemary branch
  • nasturtium flowers or kappertjies
  • waterblommetjies
  • rocket flowers
Steps
  1. Make a circle with the rosemary branch and check its circumference on your head to make sure it’s a perfect fit.
  2. Twist the waterblommetjies, two at a time, all the way around the rosemary base to bulk up your crown.
  3. Add your finishing touch by threading rocket flowers into the holes between the rosemary and waterblommetjie strands on the right-hand side of your crown to create a beautiful floral focal point.

To inspire South Africans to celebrate all things green, Garden Day will host a number of virtual events in the run up to Sunday 11 October including flower crown making workshops, so that you can make your own flower crown, the ultimate Garden Day accessory

Join Constance in the garden for tea on Sunday 11 October at Garden Day’s first Virtual Garden Day Gathering and host events including garden-inspired gourmet cooking via Zoom and Facebook Live. The final programme and details will be released on Gardenday.co.za/Events at the start of October.

You can also visit Gardenday.co.za/GetInvolved for a handy toolkit to help you plan the perfect virtual celebration, including downloadable invitations.

Catch news, updates,inspiration and more garden-style recipes right here and at @GardenDaySA on Candide, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. Tag your posts with @GardenDaySA and #GardenDaySA to share your green celebration with friends, family, and fellow plant lovers online.