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BONNIE'S GARDEN--Munching Your Way Through Your Flower Garden

One thing I get asked a lot is about edible flowers.  I’m usually too busy growing, weeding, watering, and feeding mine to think about eating them—but I do have a few that I have been known to nibble from time to time. Some are used more as edible garnishes while others can be candied or stuffed and fried.

The flowers I have eaten are:

Nasturtiums—both the leaves and the bright-colored flowers are deliciously peppery.  I

     throw them in salads.

Roses—have a cool, mildly sweet flavor.  The old-fashioned fragrant roses have the best      

     flavor.  If a rose has little to no scent, it will have little to no flavor.

Violets—cool sweet flavor.

Squash blossoms—I’ve stuffed these with ricotta cheese and chives and fried quickly on   

     each side.

Chives blossoms—take the puffy little lavender heads apart and sprinkle over a salad for

     a pretty accent and a mild oniony flavor.

Basil flowers—have a milder version of whatever flavor the variety of basil is.

Tulips—petals only—center is bitter.  Like with roses, the fragrant varieties have the best


Other flowers that are edible (but that I haven’t eaten yet) are:

Bachelor Buttons—mild oregano flavor

Borage—cool mild cucumber flavor.  I’m growing this herb this year as a companion

     plant so I expect I’ll be trying the flowers soon.

Broccoli—mild broccoli flavor

Calendula—mildly spicy and peppery.  The petals can also be boiled in water and used to

     dye eggs a bright yellow.

Dianthus (carnations)—remove the bitter-tasting base.

Marigold—Tangerine Gem and Lemon Gem have the best flavors.

Rosemary—mild rosemary flavor

Fennel—mild licorice flavor

Hibiscus—sweet—used mostly for teas

Chamomile—faintly apple-like, used mostly for teas.

Sunflowers-buds or petals

Citrus blossoms—cool sweet citrus flavor.

Lavender blooms—have a very strong flavor so use them sparingly.

There are other flowers that are also edible.  Do remember that not all flowers are edible and not all parts of a flower are edible or tasty, so do your research.  You do want to use organically grown flowers so as not to get a taste of pesticides or weed killers.  Not yummy.  Use caution if you have a strong allergic reaction to pollen.

Still, it might be fun to try the occasional blossom.  All you need to do is think outside the flower box.




Posted: 5/19/2014 by Bonnie Pega | with 0 comment(s)
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