Gardening with kids introduces them to the freshest of foods.
A family garden teaches them growth cycles, harvest techniques, and teamwork.
Plants are the only living things that make their own food.
Once the novelty of the garden wears off, reintroduce it with edible flowers.
Eat them right out of your window boxes!
The smallest gardeners will need guidance, of course, as to which flowers are edible.
What colors are in the flower?
Smell and feel the flowers, crush them in your hands and smell them again.
Ask if they are sweet, peppery, minty. Crunchy? Chewy?
Search out if you can cook the flowers, and how.
I have a New England friend who swears that fried dandelion flowers taste like fried mushrooms.
This summer we are trying that!
A coworker used to bring in lavender pizelles (this crispy italian cookies).
Salads with nasturtiums, fried zucchini blossoms, daylilies, echinachea tea…
Have a garden playdate and try them all (clear it with the moms first, just in case of allergies).
Brew sun tea outside, make a salad right from the garden and eat it there, too.
Pretend you are dinosaurs, you’re on Master Chef Junior, you are on a journey to search for the magical golden flower that will make you able to fly…
just ask the kids, they’ll take you on the wildest adventures ever.
If you’d like more ideas for making mealtime with your picky eater fun, sign up for my list of Tools for Finicky Eaters (hint: they’re edible!) here.
And if you want to work one-on-one, we can give your family mealtimes a total makeover. Just look over here.