The coconut cup was rimmed with Hawaiian Black lava sea salt, garnished with star fruit and a Thai Basil Flower
3 large vine-ripe tomatoes (red, yellow, and green) 8 to 10 basil leaves, plus a basil flower
1 cup assorted cherry tomatoes Good-quality extra-virgin olive oil Coarse salt (sea salt or kosher salt)
purple basil flowers
or tiny leaves from basil plant 1.
Once sweet basil flowers
, it makes a lovely garnish for meat or vegetable trays.
Hibiscus, basil flowers
, and nasturtiums may be used in the vinegar solution.
A colourful container of evergreens add interest during the winter; Mahonia, left, and skimmia are good examples of shrubs that flower during the winter months; Lemon basil flowers
are delicious in pasta or salads, says Garden Which?
Borage, pot marigold, chives, nasturtiums, violas and basil flowers
all add extra spice and flavour.
For the cantaloupe gelee 1 gelatin sheet, softened in 1/2 cup cold water 1 cup fresh cantaloupe juice, strained For the creme fraiche panna cotta: 3/4 cup Kendall Farms creme fraiche (*) 4 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 1/2 gelatin sheets, softened in 1 cup cold water For the dish: Watermelon rounds Honeydew melon rounds Cantaloupe melon rounds Rolled and frozen basil leaves For the garnish: Fleur de sel Greek basil leaves (**) Greek basil flowers
(**) (*)Available through Kendall Farms at (805) 466-7252.