Are Hostas Edible? Excerpts from a Gardening ConversationBy AlwaysWeeding (AlwaysWeeding) on March 13, 2010
|The following is an excerpt from a conversation on one of the gardening forums I frequent. I got permission from those I quoted to make an article from their humorous observations about eating hostas. The conversation was started by "Marie", who had already done some tasting of various hostas in her garden. She eventually baked a cake and decorated it very artistically with hosta and berries. Before you go off and bake that cake, enjoy the observations by experienced hosta snackers.|
What I'm wondering is......Are the flowers edible? I'm decorating a cake this weekend and am wondering if I can use hosta flowers right on the cake. I've got some great blooms in the garden right now in both white and lavender, and they would look so nice on the cake...but I don't want to kill my family.
(general chatter went on with joking about helping with groceries, are they edible....)
(general chatter, are they edible, blooms in general....)
Getting my thread back on track..........Here's the cake (Upside-down Berry Cornmeal Cake) decorated with hosta leaves and flowers...and a few blackberries. And yes.....most of us ate the decorations. They weren't too bad. The purple Judy Rocco flowers actually tasted sweeter than the big white flowers. (NOID hosta...may be Royal Standard, it's very fragrant) The solid leaves are also Judy Rocco and the streaked leaves are from Geisha.
Marie posted pictures to make our mouths water.
Hosta Berry Cake - YUM Closer picture of her cake.
(there were lots of words of praise on how beautiful and scrumptious it looks....)
I've been doing some taste testing now as I walk through the garden. Geisha's buds are very sweet and tasty, but another variety I tried yesterday was no good at all. I wish that I could remember which one it was. So far, Judy Rocco and Geisha are my favorites in the taste category. (This is pretty weird.......taste testing my hostas.)
Now I have to go floss the green stuff from between my teeth! LOL
The recipe for the cake is located here: Upside-Down Berry Cornmeal Cake Recipe.
Permission granted by Marie and other participant to write an article. Pictures furnished by Marie.
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|AlwaysWeeding is my alias on various gardening forums that I have frequented for many years. It is also my alias here on Cubits.org where I co-own the Hostas Cubit and do much of the technical implentation. I have enjoyed gardening forums because so many of the people there are just so friendly and welcoming, and you just never know what they will be up to. |
I have been a gardener for close to 40 years at this point and love to share the passion and the plants with friends, neighbors, friends-of-friends, co-workers....you get the idea. My garden is mainly shade, so I have hundreds of hostas. I love the shade companion plants, so I have ferns, heucheras, and many others. I also favor daylilies, lilies, bee balms, coneflowers and whatever catches my eye on trips to the garden centers and growers.
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