We like to look at them, they make us truly smile, but why on earth would anyone want to eat them? Find out on Thursday, June 21 at 3 PM at Portsmouth Free Public Library when co-author of Edible Flowers: A Global History, Mary Newman, will share examples of flowers that have a long history as a tasty ingredient in a variety of cuisines.

From ancient Greek dishes to today’s molecular gastronomy and farm-to-table restaurants, edible flowers have become an important ingredient. Looking at flowers’ natural qualities: their unique and beautiful appearance, their pungent fragrance, and their surprisingly good taste, Newman will tie this culinary history into a larger cultural one, showing how flowers’ cultural, symbolic, and religious connotations have added value and meaning to dishes in daily life and special occasions. Learn what flower products are available locally and what flowers are most easily grown even in the tiniest of gardens. See flowers not just as something beautiful, but also as something absolutely delicious, unexpected, and even cost-effective way to impress your own dinner guests.  A sampling of some edible flowers will be offered at the program so you can truly see flowers in a whole new way.

This program is free and open to the public but seating is limited.  Sign up by checking the Library’s calendar at www.portsmouthlibrary.org or call the library at 683-9457.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.