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.
The Herb Bible, 1995