Add Edible Flowers to Your Dishes for Garden Week
By: M. Elise Giller
Flowers instantly perk up any room making it as fresh and inviting as a ripe avocado, and you can do the same for your food by using edible flowers in unexpected ways. Need to know which flowers are safe to eat? We’ve put together a list in honor of Garden Week.
Before we get started, a word of warning: Do not eat a flower if you’re not sure it’s consumable. Stick to those you’ve grown yourself or have purchased at a farmers market and know are safe to eat. Never eat flowers you’ve picked off the road or in public parks. Don’t have a farmers market nearby? Shop the produce section of your grocery store (not the florist section) or order online from a reputable seller. Sites like Marx Foods, Melissa’s, and Gourmet Sweet Botanicals ship overnight for the freshest picks.
Remember, when eating a flower, remove the pistils and stamens and eat only the petals.
- Allium varies in flavor anywhere from leek to garlic.
- Anise hyssop tastes, as you might suspect, like anise, or licorice.
- Basil flowers taste like the leaf but are much milder.
- Bean blossoms are sweet and crunchy.
- Borage has a mild flavor like cucumber.
- Carnations are sweet and mild, and taste like they smell.
- Clover flowers are sweet and taste a bit like licorice.
- Lavender is sweet, spicy, and perfumed, like the scent itself.
- Marigold is spicy and peppery.
- Nasturtiums have a sweet, floral flavor and a spicy pepper finish.
- Pansies have a slight wintergreen flavor.
- Rose petals taste perfumed and rich.
- Violets are floral and sweet.
- Add to salads to amplify color and taste.
- Stuff squash blossoms and larger flowers with mashed avocado and herbs.
- Freeze small flowers in ice cubes and add to beverages.
- Place fresh flowers on top of cakes and cupcakes.
- Candy flowers to decorate cakes and candies.
The sky is the limit when using flowers to make food even more beautiful — and tasty.
Why not add edible flowers to our tasty avocado and pineapple salad? Find the recipe here.
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