Wisteria flowers come from a hearty vine that has beautiful and edible flowers. The flowers are the ONLY part of the plant that's edible. The flowers are edible in moderation. All parts of the plant contain glycoside in varying amounts, so don't base your entire diet around them. The taste of Wisteria petals is as delicate as the flowers themselves having an almost sweet flavor.
It is better to use the flowers raw because they will lose a lot of their color when heated. The flowers can be separated from their stems and eaten in salads, frittered, and made into pancakes for a cool treat.
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DetailsWisteria and carrot salad
5 or 6 wisteria clusters
4 large carrots, boiled or steamed and sliced
1/2 cup Fava beans or butter beans or peas
Dressing: 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 3 tablespoon olive oil, salt and black pepper to taste and garnish with fennel or dill
Pluck the flowers and discard the seeds, stems and leaves. Place all the salad ingredients on a plate. Whisk the vinegar and oil and add seasoning. Pour over the salad. Serve.