Hollyhocks, a mildly-flavored member of the mallow family, has roots once used to make marshmallows. They're the unexpected ingredient in this light yet satisfying cherry-studded dessert from Cooking With Flowers. A bonus? It's a dish you can slip in the oven after only minutes of effort.
Tips: As with every recipe in the book, there is a disclaimer given about using only organic buds that haven't been sprayed with pesticides. Visit a farmer's market or organic farm near you and have a talk with your local purveyor before buying.
Tweaks: Take the pits out of the cherries. It's not explicitly stated in the recipe, but doing so makes a difference. And if you can't find hollyhocks, substitute with hibiscus flowers. They're from the same family, and have a similar flavor profile.
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