Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bee Balm Fruit Salad

This pretty flower is a favorite of hummingbirds. But did you know that bee balm, also known as monarda, or bergamot, is edible?

This pretty salad is so sweet, you'll want to use it as a dessert.

6 T. superfine sugar
4-6 bee balm leaves
3/4 c. water
juice of 2 oranges
1 c. black currants, stripped from their stalk (or blackberries)
2 c. strawberries, hulled
2 c. raspberries, hulled
2-3 bee balm flowers, to decorate
scented geranium leaves, to decorate

1. Put the sugar, water, orange juice, and bee balm leaves in a pan over low heat.
Stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to a boil for five minutes to reduce the syrup.

2. Discard the bee balm leaves, add the black currants, and return to a boil.
Simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

4. Stir in the strawberries and raspberries, pour into a decorative glass dish, and decorate with the bee balm flowers and scented geranium leaves.

Serves 4-6

The Herb Bible, 1995


Giridhar said...

My mouth is watering even by looking at it..

joey said...

You are talking to me Toots! Have tons of monarda thriving in my garden ... must give this a try, Jane Marie :)

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