Fried Evening Primrose Flowers
If you've tried fried squash blossoms, you know what a delicious seasonal treat they are. So why not try the same recipe with an edible native wildflower? Common evening primrose is a very common edible native plant. It can be found growing in any disturbed area, whether on roadsides, next to trails or in open fields. The flowers are small and delicate and the taste is both meaty and slightly sweet.
The flowers and leaves of evening primrose are rich in vitamins containing beta carotene, calcium, potassium, and vitamin B3. The plant also contains high levels of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) which is an Omega-6 fatty acid important in supporting the immune system.
Try them first without any seasoning to enjoy their full flavor, but these could definitely be spiced for a cajun, mexicana or curried version.