Monday, March 27, 2006

Hibiscus, Lowbiscus, or Fishbiscus

Sounds like the title of a Dr. Seuss book.
But there's no funny business here, folks. There is some serious edible flora going on in these blogospheric parts. And we need to get to the root of it, ehem, or the petal of it. Allow me to explain.
The Edible Flower. I've heard of the concept before. I've even seen a bag or two at farmer's markets around town. Though, I can't say I've chewed on one before. Until recently.
While traveling in Hawaii, we were recommended a lovely place to eat called Nasturtium Cafe. Naturally, their schtick was the nasturtium flower and they meticulously plated each dish with this floral garnish as their signature mark.

These flowers taste a bit peppery, almost like arugula or mesclun greens might taste. There's a slew of different flower varieties you can throw into a meal for taste, or purely aesthetics. The most important component when picking your edible bouquet is to be certain they are organic. Veer away from the nasty pesticides that can be ubiquitous in many green houses. Check out the Ten Rules before making your first purchase.

Dried Hibiscus
Look at what I spied while shopping at Trader Joe's - Sweet and Tangy dried Hibiscus Flowers.

And what do you get when you marry hibiscus and fish?

Fishbiscus,
of course
Hibiscus Swordfish
1 pound Swordfish or Marlin
Olive Oil
Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper
1/4 cup Pineapple Red Chile Sauce*

Coat each side of the fish with olive oil, garlic, S&P, and grill for 5-10 minutes on each side.
*You can make your own sauce by mixing 7 ounces of crushed pineapple, a palm-full of diced red thai chiles (seeds removed), 2 Tbs white vinegar and 2 cloves of minced garlic in a small skillet. Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Let cool and serve.

Notice how the hibiscus add color to the plate. The taste complimented the fish as well. So give this a try if you're looking for something sweet. Or just buy them natural and organic. Either way, it's a fun addition that can surprise your guests (or even the hubby/wifey, boyfriendy/girlfriendy).

Oh, and by the way, have you voted yet?

5 Comments:

At 4:27 AM, Blogger Fran said...

Must be spring in my mind too! I just bought the hibiscus at Trader Joe's last week. Great presentation on your recipe!

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger MonkeyBites said...

Thanks, Fran! I do believe great minds think alike ;)

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger Cate said...

Dr. Seuss would be proud!

 
At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Dad said...

Now that you've tried elk and flowers, maybe it's time to try bugs! They are popular in many parts of the world.

 
At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Mom said...

Eeuuwww! I'm not sure I want to see that recipe!

 

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