In 1605, the religious Order of Chartreuse in a suburb of Paris received a manuscript entitled "An Elixir of Long Life." It contained a complex medicinal recipe of all natural plants, herbs and flowers. The medicine tasted so good that it was eventually adapted and became the famous liqueur, Chartreuse, one among fruit flower creations that enjoy wide popularity as gifts.
Edible Flowers Garden
An edible flowers garden can be a lovely gift. It can range from a small selection of flowers grown in containers to a garden filled with edible flowers. Start by doing some research into which flowers are classified as edible, and make selections based on eating habits. For example, salad lovers might enjoy calendulas, which can be added to vinegar as a seasoning. Roses are edible too. Rose syrup is used to make baklava, while rose petals look elegant in ice cubes. Stuffed squash blossoms are part of Italian cuisine. Flowers are also used to make jams, jellies, teas and wines. However, keep in mind that edible flowers must be grown under controlled conditions, without any pesticides. For this reason, it is inadvisable to eat store- or nursery-bought flowering plants because they have not been cultivated as edible and may contain pesticides.
Bouquets and Trees
Fresh fruits shaped like floral bouquets or miniature trees make colorful and delicious gifts. Online retailers such as the Fresh Fruit Bouquet Company offer the option to design a custom bouquet, or to select from set designs. There is a Fresh Garden Bouquet that includes strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, orange and pineapple. A football-shaped ceramic vase holds a selection of fresh fruit to which can be added delights like chocolate-dipped bananas, strawberries, apples, pears, oranges and pineapples. There is also a Seedless Watermelon Bouquet, and even a Garfield Bouquet with a selection of strawberries, honeydew, cantaloupe, grapes, mini watermelon daisies and pineapple daisies.
Websites such as FlowersToEat.com sell gourmet fruit arrangements as well as gift certificates. Among the gourmet offerings is Sunflowers In Bloom, which combines golden pineapple with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, strawberries and honeydew. Vegetarians could opt for the Veggy Medley, which provides a comprehensive array of fresh vegetables plus dip. Melon Daisy Blooms would probably appeal to the sweet tooth brigade. This arrangement allows for some special additions, like dark or milk chocolate covered apple slices or strawberries.
Fruit Flower Giftware
"Fruit Flower" is the theme for a wide range of gifts that are visual representations of fruit and flowers. For example, there are fruit blossom mugs, passion fruit flower tees, blackberry fairy mouse pads, peaches key chains, oranges aprons, bee happy strawberry tote bags, spring blossoms greeting cards, good enough to eat stamps, lily of the valley bumper stickers, spring begins magnets, and wild strawberry flower ties. Take a look at the wide range of fruit flower gift items available at websites such as Zazzle.com.