Lyophilization is another way to preserve the carnation flower. It consists of dehydrating the edible flower, subjecting it to rapid freezing and eliminating the ice subsequently by slight heating under vacuum which transforms it into steam. In this way, the flower loses moisture but we manage to preserve its shape and size.
A novel and unique product on the market that can already be yours. To use it in the kitchen, we must re-hydrate the edible flower either by using it with a sauce, in a soup, to enhance the flavour of a stew, in a cake’s mixture …
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Mini carnation or also known as Dianthus x barbastus. The carnation is part of the wide range of ornamental plants that make a great contribution to the perfumery industry and that nowadays, has opened itself a gap in the gastronomy products.
It is an edible flower very demanded in modern cuisine because of the metallic taste it leaves. It is ideal for delicate additions in creamy cheeses and fruit dishes. In addition, it is interesting the variety of colours it is available: pink, white, yellow, oranges, reds, veined …
The mini carnation is also recognized for its medicinal and therapeutic properties. It is used as eye drops, although this flower it’s especially highlighted in the pharmaceutical sector.
In Innoflower we use this flower to make the tray of mixed petals, among other species.
Lyophilization is another way to preserve the carnation flower. It consists of dehydrating the edible flower, subjecting it to rapid freezing and eliminating the ice subsequently by slight heating under vacuum which transforms it into steam. These are the states that follow the process of lyophilization:
1º Freezing of the edible flower
2º The pressure is reduced so that the frozen water sublimates and passes to a gaseous state without passing through a liquid state.
Thanks to this process, the molecular state of the flower can be preserved, and therefore its organoleptic properties, while maintaining an aspect very similar to the original. In other words, a long-lasting ingredient with a longer shelf life is achieved.
This product does not contain humidity, so it can be preserved for a minimum of 2 years. But it can last up to 5 years. We recommend storing the lyophilized mini carnation in a dry place without direct light. You can store it next to the spices or in a kitchen cabinet.
From Innoflower we encourage you to take a look at our blog, where you will not only find articles about the world of edible flowers, but also simple recipes that you can make at home and surprise your guests.
Cooking with flowers is simple and fun. Dare to “flower-up” your recipes!
Fuchsia, Mallow, Mixed with garnet, Red