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8 Edible Flowers

Updated on July 27, 2015

There are some flowers that can do more than looking beautiful. Some flowers are edible and great for salads or exotic cuisine! Just know that not all flowers are edible, and you should avoid eating flowers that have chemicals and pesticides on them. The flowers listed below are edible and delicious!

Dandelions

Dandelions can have a nice flavor if you eat them before they bloom. You can surely eat the dandelion when it is mature, but it will have a bitter flavor. Dandelions can be used in salads or you can even steam and season them like a vegetable!

Lavender

Lavender can be used as a garnish for a variety of dishes such as ice cream or sauces. It's purple color makes it great for decorating food. It has a strong, but calming scent and a sweet and slightly tangy flavor. Lavender is also commonly used in relaxing or stress relief teas because of it's soothing scent and taste.

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is known to have a sweet flavor like honey, because of the sweet nectar that they carry. Just know that only the flower part is edible, the berries are poisenous and can cause harm to anyone who eats it. The flower is great for garnishing sweeter dishes like cakes.

Primrose

Primrose is lightly sweet, but it does not have much of a flavor. It is great as a garnish for salads or other savory dishes. For flavor you can pickle primrose or crystalize it with sugar as a sweet treat for decorating cakes or pastries.

Sunflower

Sunflower buds taste like a artichoke and can be steamed. When the flower is open it has a somewhat bitter flavor and the petals can be used as garnish for a seasonal salad. The leaves of a sunflower are also edible and can be eaten like salad greens or boiled.

Daylily

Daylilies can be used in salads, cooked or served like a vegetable would be. The flavor of daylilies is vegetable like and tastes very refreshing.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus has an almost citrus like taste and is used commonly in tea. It can also be used as garnish for food recipes because of the exotic colors that it may have. The leaves of Hibiscus can also be used a replacement for salad greens or it can be boiled like spinach.

Carnations

Carnations can have a purpose other than making beautiful bouquets and crosages. Carnations have a lightly sweet flavor and are a great salad topping and can be used as decoration for cakes or pastries.

Now you can add a few flower petals to your favorite salad or meal to give it something extra! Please feel free to leave any questions or comments you may have below.

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      Claire 

      3 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      I used dandelion flowers to make jam once, which as quite nice.

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