Wisteria and carrot salad

blog wisteria saladOne of the highlights of Spring was this giant wisteria fearlessly climbing fences, loaded with its lavender clusters of flowers. That was in Dallas, off the main road. In Lebanon, in the mountains, wisterias explode that time of year as well. I would snap shots of them every year, hoping that somehow the blooming period would last longer than just a few weeks. 

Did you know that wisteria petals are edible? It appears that they are!  (Cuisinons les Fleurs, Pierrette Nardo and online on this site). The leaves and seeds are however toxic. In China, I hear they are steamed and eaten with soya sauce or as fritters, sweet or savory. In Pierrette Nardo’s book on edible flowers, her recipe was a salad of hearts of palm, wisteria petals, soy sauce and Chinese chives. My version: some carrots, and a cider vinegar and olive oil dressing. The taste of these petals is as delicate as the flowers, almost sweet. 

To see how they are plucked, click here. grab wisteria & eat them!

INGREDIENTS:

5 or 6 wisteria clusters 

4 large carrots, boiled or steamed and sliced

1/2 cup fava beans or butter beans or peas

Dressing: 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 3 tablespoon olive oil, salt and black pepper to taste

Garnish with fennel or dill (I used some wild fennel abundant this time of year here)

1. Pluck the flowers and discard the seeds, stems and leaves. Place all the salad ingredients on a plate. Whisk the vinegar and oil and add seasoning. Pour over the salad. Serve. 

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8 Comments

  1. Posted April 18, 2014 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Absolutely Gorgeous!

  2. Posted April 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I have seen them a couple of weeks ago and was mesmerized by their looks. Never knew they were edible too.

  3. Posted April 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I did not know you can eat them but that recipe looks magical

  4. Posted April 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    How interesting! I’ve never heard wisteria is edible! Beautiful photography, and thanks for the link on the book, I am very much curious about edible flowers! :)

  5. Posted April 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    i didn’t know the flowers were edible either..how pretty they look in your salad..jane

  6. Posted April 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    This is the beautiful beet salad I have ever seen! I have always been obsessed with the beauty of wisteria and regret that we cannot grow them here.

  7. Posted April 26, 2014 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I used to have three enormous wisteria plants that grew up over an arbor at my last home…if only I had known their blossoms were edible

  8. Posted May 7, 2014 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    I did not know that the petals were edible and I wish I knew that a few weeks ago when the wisteria was blooming outside my kitchen window. Will keep it in mind for next year!

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