The peonies are opening as well. I encourage everyone out there who isn’t afraid of eating flowers to pluck a petal from a blossom and taste. You will be surprised by the decidedly unfloral flavor of the peony. Rich, earthy, slightly bitter, the taste of the peony petals are reminiscent of good dark chocolate.
That reminds me of an article I saw last week in the New York Times about a very expensive, very un-local little berry (Synsepalum dulcificum) that binds to the tongue’s taste buds and alters the perception of flavor. Apparently, people are doing this just for fun. So save yourself the price of $2 a berry pop for a food fling and get out in your yard and start tasting! An unusual taste experience is waiting for you right in your very own garden beds.