Starting in September, lantern-shaped Sandersonia lilies are imported to the United States from New Zealand. While they’re free of fragrance, they’re rich in color, ranging from bright yellow to deep orange. Florist Jonathan Rachman of San Francisco’s Fleur’t arranges the flower with similarly colored circus roses and delicate malvas.
Forget Swiss Miss. The latest in cocoa is drinking chocolate, a thick concoction of the solid confection melted with milk or cream. Vendors including MarieBelle in New York and Bittersweet in San Francisco serve it hot or cold and add spices such as chipotle, which harken back to the rich beverage’s Mayan and Aztec roots.