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A Simple Way to Pickle Flowers

Above: Put flowers and leaves in a clean vessel and pour Ume vinegar over the mix. The ratio should be three blossoms to one leaf, with enough vinegar for them to be barely submerged beneath the weight.

Above: Let sit for another three days. Drain, then spread leaves and blossoms on a bamboo or straw mat. Let them dry for a day in a shaded spot, preferably on a warm day. Pack them in salt to store.

Above: Seal and store in refrigerator; they will keep about one year.

Rinse before use as you would capers. According to Louesa: “The pickles have a beautiful ume, salty, floral characteristic, unlike anything else, and Sylvan uses them in many ways: as garnish for fish, in onigiri with ikura, or dried and ground to make sakura salt. He most recently served cherry blossom salt with monkey faced eel tempura, for a dinner at Scribe vineyards.”

For more on Sylvan and his recipes, visit Eat Peko Peko. For more on Louesa, go to Louesa Roebuck.

We’d like to know: Do you recommend any summer blooms to pickle?

Photography by Chloe Aftel

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12:55PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Thanks but i don't think i will

12:23PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

then put them on a big mac and eat, right?

4:33AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

What a neat idea, thanks for sharing...

1:49PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Thanks. I've used flowers in lots of ways but never heard of pickling them.

7:17AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:08PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

I love trying something new, I'm going to give this one a go.

12:33PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

I really like this idea. Sounds odd, but why not? I don't know why some people don't like trying new stuff...

11:48AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

not sure why I'd want to, but now I know how :)

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