Mar 282008

I posted a picture of Candytuft (Noccaea montana) not too long ago here, and in the comments I talked about munching on it here and there but not using it much. However, it’s so widespread this year, I decided to try a flower (before I’d only snacked on leaves, because the flowers are so pretty) and WOW, they’re amazing. Kind of like super sweet, tender broccoli. Since then I’ve been gathering a few handfuls at a time to add to salads and other dishes. They’re WONDERFUL with nearly everything, and I want to try pickling some of the buds. Yum. If you have this plant nearby, you should eat some for dinner tonight.

  6 Responses to “Candytuft Update”

  1. mmmmmm. aren’t mustards cool!

  2. yumm, they call it candy for a reason, i suppose. we eat a lot of sweet agrimony, but its not sweet, more peppery like arugula. i’ll have to find some candy tuff! thanks for the photo

  3. What a beautiful array of white flowers! As always, stunning photo.

  4. Kiva,
    Everyone talks about eating flower buds but everytime I pick mine there are little bugs in them, what is the best way to prep different types of edible flowers (calendula, candytuft, rose) to add to salads without all the critters and without making them soggy from a soak down?

  5. Well, I haven’t had too much trouble with bugs in flowers besides Mullein and Nettles…. usually if there’s lots of critters, I gather them then let them air out on paper for a couple hours, often the bugs will vacate on their own. How little are your bugs?

  6. I just happen to notice when I pulled a yellow rose yesterday it had lots of little green gnat looking bugs and could fly then there were quite a few tiny black flies, and then some teeny little things that crawled and they were brownish and if I wouldn’t have looked close I would have never seen those they were that small!! Im starting to get some little green worms/catepillars not sure what they are on my catnip and sunflowers I do organic gardening so I just hose them away but they all find their little way back. πŸ™‚

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