This season I’ll be joining forces with local urban farmers, Green City Growers. Each month, Green City Growers will feature a new fruit or vegetable on their site, along with tips for growing and caring for it. I’ll bring that same fruit or vegetable into my kitchen and show you how to turn it into something delicious!
The flowers on these crostini belonged to a determined group of sage, chive and broccoli rabe plants.
In the vegetable world, flowers signal bolting, which—as I learned from the farmer who tends these plants—happens when a plant is either maturing or under stress from changes in the weather.
In either case, a plant’s mission is to produce flowers and seed pods, ensuring the survival of its future generations.
It all sounds a bit dramatic, but there are two critical points I’d like to make about bolting:
- Bolting does not necessarily mean the end of a particular plant’s life.*
- Bolted blossoms are completely harvestable, edible and delicious.
With that said, I’d like to run with point #2 and make some delicious early-summer snacks!
*Visit Green City Growers’ article on bolting and edible flowers for a much more well-informed discussion on a plant’s life cycle.