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Flowers for Foodies

Flowers for Foodies

Want to grow your own edible flowers this summer? Here's a list of easy-to-grow blooms plus cooking suggestions beyond just tossing in salads or garnishing desserts.

Flower Bachelor buttons
Flavor Very mild
Uses Garnish soups, desserts

Flower Begonia
FlavorCitrusy
UsesSteam with veggies or chop and add to salads

Flower Borage
FlavorCucumber-like
UsesChop for salads and sauces

Flower Calendula
FlavorBitter, spicy
UsesAdd petals to omelets; use whole to flavor soups and rice dishes

Flower Chive blossoms
FlavorStrong and oniony
UsesUse whole blossoms as garnish

Flower Chrysanthemum
FlavorMild to peppery
UsesStir petals into soups, dips, and cooked veggies

Flower Dandelion
FlavorBittersweet with a hint of honey
UsesAdd whole flowers to cooked vegetables; stir petals and flowers into bean dishes

Flower Fuchsia
FlavorTangy
UsesCook stems and leaves like spinach; add blooms to salads

Flower Herb flowers (rosemary, oregano, dill, fennel, parsley, basil, etc.)
FlavorMost have milder flavors than the herbs themselves
UsesPinch off blooms and use to garnish hot and cold dishes

Flower Hibiscus
FlavorCitrusy
UsesSteep in liquids for drinks and desserts; float in punch bowls

FlowerLavender
FlavorFloral
UsesSteep in liquids for drinks and desserts

Flower Marigold (Tagetes erecta)
FlavorSlightly bitter
UsesAdd petals to yogurt, pasta sauces, and flavored butters

Flower Nasturtium
FlavorPeppery
UsesAdd whole or chopped to pasta and vegetable dishes

Flower Pansy
FlavorMild, sweet-tart
UsesUse on cakes and desserts

FlowerPrimrose
FlavorHoney-flavored
UsesAdd petals to jams and vinaigrettes; candy blossoms for desserts

FlowerRose
Flavor Sweet and fragrant
UsesCandy petals for desserts, float petals in drinks

FlowerSquash or zucchini blossoms
FlavorA mild version of the vegetables
UsesStuff with cheese and herbs and fry; add whole to omelets

FlowerSunflower
FlavorArtichokey
Uses Steam or sauté buds; add chopped petals to purées

FlowerVegetable flowers (broccoli, carrot, etc.)
FlavorStrong and sometimes spicy
UsesLarger flowers can be battered and fried; smaller ones are best for raw dishes and garnishes

FlowerViolet
FlavorFloral and sweet
UsesSteep flowers in syrup for ice cream and jellies; candy for desserts

Comments on this Article

Euell Gibbons got me interested in edible flowers. Thanks for reminding everyone.

Edible flowers are fun to use! Check out my post on how to candy edible flowers at <a href="http://wp.me/pz8UA-ae" rel="nofollow"> Cindy's Recipes and Writings </a> Cindy

Cant wait to try these out! http://www.extension.iastate.edu/publications/rg302.pdf Also a great print out of edible flowers! Thanks so much!

This list of edible flowers is Amazing