‘Earth laughs (and bakes) in flowers’

April showers bring May flowers. Here in Des Moines, it may only be the middle of April, but we are already enjoying cherry and peach trees in full bloom. Every morning, as we head out the front door, it seems as though a new batch of blossoms is there to surprise and delight us.

The line from Transcendentalist poet Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem, “Hamatreya,”* keeps popping into our heads: “Earth laughs in flowers.”

It seemed like a perfect week to celebrate those flowers with a spotlight on some of the flowers used in cooking and baking.

The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra-la…

… bring promise of merry sunshine. So, for your enjoyment, here are some of the ingredients in the AllSpice catalog that are, or are made from, flowers: