Synopsis: Some kinds of Salvia flowers make good additions to foods ranging from breads to salads. Growing the Salvias yourself is a good way to avoid toxins.
Edible flowers add unique flavor, color and texture to baked goods, salads, sauces, stir-fry dishes and any number of foods. These include the scarlet blossoms of Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) and the blue, purple, white or pink flowers of Common Sage (Salvia officinalis).
The cooperative extension service of Colorado State University provides a list of edible flowers, but warns that you should only use blossoms from plants untainted by herbicides, pesticides or untreated manure.
CSU notes that edible blossoms should be picked early in the day and used fresh for best flavor. Here is a recipe from About.com for a pesto sauce made with sage flowers and another from Food.com for pound cake with Pineapple Sage blossoms
Everything arrived healthy. I like that the long blades of my kniphofia were wrapped in paper to protect them. The prices are good, so that even with the cost of shipping them across the country it was a little cheaper than some other places.
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— Carole Harrison
Our very first order from Flowers By The Sea arrived yesterday. Excellent packaging insured that all plants were in perfect condition. We have rarely ever seen anything done so well. Because the plants look in wonderful shape, expectations are that we will have beautiful blooms this summer. In fact, Salvia microphylla already has buds on it. Thank you, FBTS, for top quality plants and servic...
— Janice Krause
Plants were very well packed, and arrived healthy. I planted them last month and they are blooming and looking beautiful!
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— Carol Sherrill
My order of 2 Salvia ringens, one semiatrata arrived at the time I had specified in great shape with very little damage from shipping. The minor damage was to the large amount of foliage the plants have. All were in bud and ready to bloom in a few days! As with my previous orders from FbtS, the roots were well developed and I potted them up into 1 gallon pots. A month later the roots at pot ...
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I recently purchased two Black Sage plants from FBTS. For me it was "biting the bullet" to order them. Starting Black Sage can be difficult and I decided to purchase plants instead. For the price plus shipping I was expecting to get a couple of small starter plants in 3" pots. The day the plants arrived, my first thoughts on picking up the box were: "My. This is a large box for such a smal...
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