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50 Delightful Edible Flowers

Updated on January 25, 2017
Borage blossom
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Did You Know That You Can Eat Flowers? You Didn't?

Well, you can, and here are fifty edible flowers, to get you started!

My husband thinks I'll eat anything that grows, but as much as he teases me, he knows a lot about eating flowers, too! Come to think of it though, he did have a funny look on his face, the day that I plucked some hibiscus flowers from his bushes, and ate them!

I have actually eaten hundreds of gorgeous flower blossoms over the last 60 plus years, including many of the ones below. Unfortunately, it did not seem to make me beautiful, like these flowers are. Oh, well...

Did you know that you can eat the flowers of: borage, roses, hibiscus, moringa, carnation, tiger lilies, squash, garlic, rosemary, violets, plum trees, begonias, geraniums, and many, many more? Oh, I see...some of you did, and some of you didn't. Well, after you read about some of these flowers - you'll all know which ones are edible. You are never too old to learn, and we think these are some of the tastiest, best edible flowers to eat!

So, let's see what flowers you can add to your diet. Some flowers aren't just beautiful, they are edible! There are 50 edible flowers listed here, to get you started!

This incredible red, white, and blue blossom is the first of our edible flowers - BORAGE!

See below, for how the flowers look, how they taste, how to use them in the kitchen, and some interesting facts about how they have graced our ancestors' tables.

In order of "showy" appearance - Edible Flowers 1-10 are:

Borage, Carnations, Moringa, Roses, Violets, Tiger Lilies, Red Clover, Pansies, Lilacs, and Nasturtiums.

Carnation flower
Carnation flower

2: Carnations - Not Just For Show!

I'll bet you didn't know that carnations are not just for bouquets and boutonnieres - but can be eaten, too! They are used extensively in ethnic desserts, and are one of the 130 different essential plant ingredients used in the ultra-secret recipe for the renowned French beverage, Chartreuse.

Grown all over the world, carnations just happen to be the national flower of Spain, and the scarlet carnation is the official state flower of Ohio.

On the Dave's Garden website, we found a recipe dating back to 1629, for Carnation Pickle. Now, that's just plain interesting, and the article that accompanies it, is too. Take a moment to read it, as it is very historically enlightening, and you just might like to try it! Now, how often can you get your hands on a recipe that is almost 400 years old? I'll answer that. Not - very - often.

Word is - eat them in moderation, and make certain you are eating a carnations that are organically grown, pesticide-free, and a variety that is known to be safe.

Moringa blossoms
Moringa blossoms

3: Moringa Blossoms - Yum!

From a moringa lover - that would be ME - it should come as no surprise, that you can eat the flowers from moringa trees. This a photo of some of mine, growing from my dearly beloved moringa oleifera trees that are only about 1½ years old. See the little flower buds? They are edible, too!

Both the flowers and the buds should be lightly cooked before eating, and you can make a delightful tea, reputed to be good for just about "whatever ails you"! Traditionally, in their native countries, they are eaten to alleviate a cold, but I don't get colds, so I couldn't say if they help, or not!

When they are lightly sautéed in a little water, with a touch of butter, or olive oil and garlic and salt - just until they "wilt" - um, um...good! They taste like the softest, most delicate vegetable you have ever eaten; NOT like mushrooms, as is the general consensus. We use them in our own recipes for: Moringa Spinach Artichoke Dip, Moringa Pizza, Moringa Onion Manchego Omelette, Portabello Mushroom Moringa Tower, Meatless Moringa Wholegrain Leafloaf, Moringa Garlic Quinoa, Moringa Guacamolé, and several others.

WARNING - We have read from two sources, that expectant mothers should not eat the Moringa blossoms, as there is reason to believe that they could act as an abortifacient. Please exercise caution, as we do not want to be the cause of a woman losing her baby!

Rose blossoms
Rose blossoms

4: Don't Smell The Roses - Eat The Roses!

The state flower of New York, is the rose. Does there exist a more exquisite flower? Personally, I am torn between my husband's orchids, and roses. He grows quite a few stupendously magnificent ones, but - I would not dare to suggest eating one!

But, roses? That's a different story, altogether. According to my research, all roses are edible. Not only are their "rose hips" loaded with Vitamin C, but the petals are also nutritious, albeit a bit "perfumery" to the taste buds.

Rose blossoms can be incorporated into many main dishes. I found them in recipes using quail, chicken, beef, and pork. They have also been used in aged beverages, spice blends, homemade bread, muffins, ravioli, pasta, soup, stew, quiche, jellies, syrups, candy, and ice cream or - they can be used as an elegant garnish to any entreé. The best part is - you can eat the garnish!

Here are just a few, to "wet your whistle": Rose Petal Butter, Honey Glazed Chicken with Roses, Rose Petal Bread, Rose Petal Jam Linguine, Rose Pesto, Rose Turkish Delight, Persian Rose Cake, Rose Cheesecake, Pickled Rosebuds, Scrambled Rose Omelette, Rose Tuna Salad, and Rose Petal Sorbet.

Violet flowers
Violet flowers

5: Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue...

Actually, most violets are purple - so why the rhyme? I never understood that one. "Purple" is a hard word to rhyme, so maybe that's the answer - but there are a lot of flowers that are blue, which would have worked...oh, well...

As far as violets go, I eat them! How about you? If you would like to grow your own edible violets, but have trouble getting them to cooperate, try checking out the USDA Plant Database page for Viola. On that page, down toward the bottom of the page, you can see which variety thrives in your area. Evidently, violets grow just about everywhere on the North American continent, and we know they are grown by violet lovers, all over the world!

Four states, in the USA, honor violets - as either their official state flower, or their official native flower. They are:

  • Wisconsin - the wood violet, Viola papilionacea
  • Rhode Island - Viola sororia
  • New Jersey - the common meadow violet, Viola sororia
  • Illinois - the native violet - Violacea.

They are such delicate, beautiful flowers, and have been known as edible flowers for many centuries. One old recipe, on the "web", listed violets combined with wild onion in a salad. Some old cookbooks list: Violet Jelly, Violet Mustard, Violet Soup, Violet Salad, and Violet Pudding. Some of the cookbooks featured here, offer recipes with violet flowers in them. All seem to agree that they are nutritious, and delicious!

Tiger Lily Blossoms
Tiger Lily Blossoms

6: Tiger Lily - They're Nothing Like A Tiger!

Well, they have orange and black in them, but that's as far as it goes. Once, we had a mass of tiger lilies growing in our yard, but very few ever got to bloom, because I ate the buds! They are simply delicious, sautéed lightly, with a touch of butter, garlic, and sea salt, but I usually ate them raw.

Botanically speaking, the tiger lilies that we had, were Lilium lancifolium, which was formerly called Lilium tigrinum. In Florida, where I am located, I understand that they are on the endangered species list. I didn't KNOW that, when I was blissfully consuming them! Oh, well - they had lots of blooms, and I didn't eat anything but the flower buds, so I don't imagine I'll be in trouble for that! If you have them growing in your yard - sample them, but don't eat the bulbs! We want these flowers to propagate, and be around for a long, long time. They are a welcome change to the standard vegetables that we've grown accustomed to eating!

Red Clover Blossom
Red Clover Blossom

7: Red Clover - For Cuisine And Cleansing

Another of my favorite edible flowers. When I used to pluck plump red clover blossoms, and pop them into my mouth, I didn't even know that they were good for you! I just liked them, and still do.

Red clover is the state flower of Vermont, and the national flower of Denmark. One variety or another, can be found in all 50 states, here in America - and it grows profusely with very little care.

Traditionally, red clover has been honored as a powerful blood cleanser, but it has also been a time-honored ingredient in rice dishes, soups, spreads, cornbread, lemonade, biscuits, pancakes, drinks, and desserts. We found these red clover recipes, online: Red Clover Almond Biscuits, Red Clover Pancakes, Red Clover Rice, and Rose and Clover Jelly, just to name a few. Over the centuries, red clover has found a niche in flavoring many different edibles; one of the most prominent being - cheese. Red Clover Aged Cheese...doesn't that sound like a delight to the eyes?

Pansy Blossom
Pansy Blossom

8 - Pansy - Petite And Pretty...

Oh, I was so excited, when I found out that you can eat pansies! The pansy, is one of my all-time favorite flowers. They come in SO many different colors, and contrasting combinations, and all are edible!

We found recipes for such delicacies as Pansy Melon Salad; Pansy Herb salad; Pansy Popsicles, Spinach Pansy Quiche, and Candied Pansies, Pansy 'N' Chicken Tossed Salad, Pansy-Rotti, a.k.a. Vegan Panzarotti, Wholemeal Red and Yellow Pepper Quiche with Pansies, Lemon Jellyroll with Pansies, and a lot more!

Several creative chefs recommend decorating cakes with pansies, which definitely adds a splash of color and interest. Pansies are a terrific garnish, that can make an otherwise nondescript dish, look like it is fit for a king!

Lilac Blossoms
Lilac Blossoms

9 - Lilacs - Another Purple Edible!

Think about it - there just aren't many vegetables or fruits we eat, that are purple, are there? So, how do you feel about adding lilacs to your food? Lilacs have been used as edible flowers as far back as I can research. Not only do they make a vibrant garnish, but their purple petals are delicious, too!

New Hampshire made purple lilacs the official state flower, in 1919, although, in 1991 - pink lady's slipper replaced it. What a shame! The entire species, Syringa is the state flower of Idaho, though - and they haven't replaced it!

Lilacs have been used "in the kitchen" for centuries, and there is no lack of advice, as to how to eat lilacs. Since the 17th century, when they first arrived in America, to the present - chefs have used them to make: Lilac Sorbet, Candied Lilacs, Lilac Cream Crepes, Lilac Blossom Yogurt, Lilac Syrup, Panna Cotta with Lilac, Lilac Jelly, Lilac Muffins, and more.

If you live where you can grow lilacs, don't miss out on this incredible taste sensation!

Nasturtium Blossom
Nasturtium Blossom

10 - The Peppery Nasturtium

When I was a youngster, in Ohio, we had lots of nasturtiums growing in our yard. Most of them seemed to be "volunteers", and they were plentiful! I knew they were an edible flower, "way back then", and thought that was just one of the neatest things, ever! Of course, my husband says that I am easily amused - and, he's right. Everything in God's creation astounds, awes, and amazes me.

Nasturtiums come in so many different varieties and colors, but all of them are edible. For a crisp, peppery taste, add nasturtium flowers to any salad, wrap, or dip. Some recipes we found, were: Nasturtium Mayonnaise, Nasturtium Lemon Butter, Nikos Nasturtium Soup, Nasturtium Sandwiches, Nasturtium and Grape Salad, and Stuffed Nasturtiums, among many others.. For pasta lovers, they add some lovely color to the dish, and blend well into chili, and spaghetti sauce. Added to pizza, right towards the end, they add a spiciness that is lovely, and are wonderful in one of my all-time favorites - guacamolé.

What Do 1 - 10 Taste Like?

Well, for the first ten, the general consensus, is that they taste:

  • Borage blossoms - like cucumber;
  • Carnations - sweet and spicy to bitter and sour;
  • Moringa blossoms - like the softest, mild, vegetable you have ever eaten;
  • Roses - from strawberries to sour- depending on the variety;
  • Violets - sweet, and perfumey;
  • Tiger Lilies - like soft, delicate squash;
  • Red Clover - mildly sweet, with a touch of anise;
  • Pansy - sweet, fresh, grassy;
  • Lilacs - sweet, flowery, lemony or bitter - they vary;
  • Nasturtium - peppery and spicy.

Everyone's taste buds are different, you know, so yours may detect a completely different taste sensation!

Edible Flowers 11-20 are: Hollyhocks, Lavender, Dandelion, Hibiscus, Squash Blossoms, Honeysuckle, Primrose, Bachelor Buttons, Jasmine, and Tulips.

WARNING!

Read the "Common Sense Cautions" section, below.

Many edible flowers closely resemble other blossoms, which are not edible.

As it is with anything else that you ingest - be sure that you know exactly what you are eating!

Hollyhock Blossoms
Hollyhock Blossoms

11 - Hollyhocks - The Holy Mallow

On a farm in Ohio, where we lived for a very short time, there were hollyhocks growing, along a long fence. I just loved them, and I still do! Little did I know, then, that they were edible! Supposedly, they taste like - well, you'll see, below...

We actually found a reference to Hollyhock and Hybrid Begonia Hot Dogs, Hollyhock Soup, and Hollyhock Salad, but it seems that most chefs prefer to float them atop soup, or use them as showy garnishes.

They are not considered to be a first choice, in the long list of various edible flowers. Perhaps one of the reasons, is that some people find them very difficult to grow. For those who get them successfully "up and running", their delight is often short-lived, as squirrels, deer, horses, and rabbits like to eat them!

Dandelion Blossom
Dandelion Blossom

12- Dandelion - The Lion's Tooth

That's what the name means, you know. How many of you eradicate this tasty, nourishing flower from your lawns? Shame on you - eat them!

Most people know that you can eat dandelion greens, and make dandelion drinks, but it seems that dandelion's beautiful edible blooms have long gone unnoticed! The tip of my nose used to be yellow, from rubbing the dandelion flowers all over it, but, back then - I never got them a little bit lower - into my mouth! Actually, it's probably a good thing that I didn't, because you are ONLY supposed to eat dandelion flowers, after they have been cooked!

Nevertheless, many Oriental restaurants garnish rice with the raw petals, and we have found recipes using dandelions, such as: Dandelion Salad, Dandelion Soup, Dandelion Egg Salad, Dandelion "Mushrooms", Cream of Dandelion Soup, Pumpkin-Dandelion Soup, Split Pea-Dandelion Bud Soup, Potatoes and Dandelions, Sautéed Dandelion Blossoms, Dandelion Potato Gratin, and Chicken and Dandelion Soup.

Lavender Blossoms
Lavender Blossoms

13 - Lovely Lacy Lavender

Not only are lavender blossoms one of the most fragrant flowers around, but they are delightfully tasty, when added to your food. So many dishes that are standard fare, just look dull and drab. Lavender flowers are one way to dramatically change that!

Fancy by nature, they add an elegant look to any meal, and nutrition - to boot! We found quite a few intriguing recipes using lavender. How do these sound? Blueberry Lavender Cranberry Crisp, Lavender Mini Meatballs, Lavender Syrup, Lavender Sauce, Lavender Ice Cream, Lavender Blossom Yogurt, Lavender Banana Smoothie, Lavender Tea Cookies, Tangerine-Lavender Sorbet, Tomato Lavender Jam, Almond Lemon Lavender Biscotti, Grilled Pork Chops with Lavender Flowers, Lavender Creme Brulee, Lavender Custard, Lavender Jelly, Lavender Focaccia, Lavender Hazelnut Bread, Peppered Lavender Beef, and Lavender Shortbread. The possibilities are endless!

Hibiscus Blossom
Hibiscus Blossom

14 - Heavenly Hibiscus

One US state - Hawaii, and two countries - South Korea and Malaysia, claim the hibiscus as their official flower. Where I live, these flowers grow abundantly, and I think that hibiscus flowers are one of the tastiest flowers you can eat. Most people know that you can use hibiscus petals to make rosy-hued hibiscus tea, but they are unaware that the blossoms are edible, too!

I like to eat the hibiscus flower buds, before they open, right off the bush. Most people are familiar with Hibiscus Tea, which is marvelous by the way, but people eat hibiscus buds and flowers in many other ways, too. Take a look at some of the dishes we found, that are made with hibiscus: Spiced Jamaica Hibiscus, Sautéed Hibiscus Pods, Hibiscus-Marinated Leg of Lamb, African Hibiscus Punch, Adobo Beef Salad with Apricot, Ginger and Hibiscus Salsa, Hibiscus Fruit Salad and Seared Duck Breast With Hibiscus Flowers.

Squash Blossom
Squash Blossom

15 - Squash Blossoms - Better Than Squash!

This one, I learned about from my husband. His mother used to fry up squash blossoms, and he said they were wonderful! I had no idea that they were edible. When I was a young child, I dreaded the "mushy" squash that my mother used to cook. It was awful! I wish she knew about squash blossoms - those, I'd have loved!

As an adult, I learned to eat my squash raw. That is really good, and my husband makes fried squash chips, which are tasty, but I still don't care for it "mushy". However, the squash blossoms are great!

Now, don't turn a deaf ear, here, just because you don't like cooked squash - I'll bet you will love squash blossoms! You don't think so? Well, how about: Squash Blossom Rice, Squash Blossom Frittata with Asiago Cheese, Fried Squash Blossoms, Squash Blossom Fritters, Stuffed Squash Blossoms, Squash Blossom Soup, Squash Blossom Quesadillas...do I have your attention, yet?

Honeysuckle Blossoms
Honeysuckle Blossoms

16 - Honeysuckle - Not Only For The Bees!

Who hasn't sucked the sweet, honey-like nectar from honeysuckle blossoms? What a delightful taste!

Did anyone ever tell you, though, that you can actually eat the honeysuckle flowers?

Growing up, I was only familiar with the white honeysuckle blossoms; I didn't know they bloomed in any other color. Then I discovered that honeysuckle plants bloom in a variety of colors. Look at this incredible image, from Luc Viatour. Check out his photography, in the Photo credits, at the end of the article.

Some savvy cooks use honeysuckle flowers to make: Honeysuckle Sorbet, Witch Bread - Clairnova with crushed, dried honeysuckle flowers, Honeysuckle Ice Cream, and Honeysuckle Jelly. Interesting, no? If you are fortunate enough to have honeysuckles growing in your area, experiment with some sweet recipes of your own - just watch out for the bees!

Primrose Blossoms
Primrose Blossoms

17 - Primrose - The Portender of Spring

Tradition says that primroses are the first flowers to bloom in the spring. I'll bet that you didn't know you could eat the flowers, though - did you? Well, you can, and this is NOT a recent discovery, either! People have been eating primroses for centuries. Some people call primroses "cowslip", but they are not really the same flower.

Some of the recipes we found, for eating primroses, are: Primrose Pudding, Candied Primroses, Lattice Topped Parsnip and Primrose Pie, Primrose and Elderflower Stuffed Pork with a Tangerine Sauce, and Primrose Vinegar. There are lots, lots more, especially in vintage cookbooks.

Who would think you could eat primroses? Folklore says - if you eat them - you'll be able to see the fairies! Wait until one of my daughters hears that! She'll be eating primroses the same day I tell her about it! She just loves fairies!

In addition, we read somewhere that eating primroses, is supposed to be good for your skin - so I can just see a lot of folks "walking down the primrose lane" to get their primrose facial!

Bachelor Button Blossoms
Bachelor Button Blossoms

18 - Bachelor Buttons a.k.a. Cornflowers

Don't you love that gorgeous blue? Now, wouldn't THAT look lovely on a dinner plate? As much as I drank in the beautiful hue of cornflowers, which I always called bachelor buttons, I never dreamed you could EAT them - but, lo and behold - you can!

For salads, they are great, as their brilliant blue hue contrasts wonderfully with salad greens. Blue is usually a hard color to find, in edibles. Just imagine a "Fourth of July" salad, with greens, white onions, red sweet peppers, and bachelor buttons! What a feast for the eyes THAT would be!

Recipes using Bachelor Buttons are not very easy to find. We "ferreted out" just a few: Violet Meringues with Cornflowers and Blueberry Mousse, Bachelor Buttons Cookies, Cornflower Soup, and Bachelor Buttons Salad.

Jasmine Blossoms
Jasmine Blossoms

19 - Jasmine - The Jewel Of The Olive Family

Who could ignore, and not adore the unmistakable smell of jasmine? Once you have experienced it, you will never forget it. The fragrance is intoxicating, to say the least! Well, guess what? You can not only appreciate jasmine for it's incredible aroma, you can also eat the lovely blossoms. Didn't know that, did you? No, neither did I, for most of my adult life.

Be certain that you are eating Jasminum sambac - all other jasmine species are poisonous!

There are recipes galore for Jasmine Rice, which is the actual brand name for a variety of rice, and Jasmine Tea, and Jasmine Water, but there are few to be found for Jasmine blossoms in entrées, spreads, dips, butters, salads, etc. I KNOW they are out there, but they're hiding successfully from me, so any jasmine flower recipes are welcome!

Tulip Blossoms
Tulip Blossoms

20 - Tulips - Not Native To Holland

Originally, these blooming beauties came from Persia - what we now call Iran. Did you know that? Every time I think of tulips, I remember seeing a vast, lovely field of them growing, when I was traveling through the state of Washington, many years ago. The sight was magnificent to behold.

Little did I realize then, that tulips are an edible flower. You can REALLY dress up a dish with tulips, because they grow in so many different colors, sizes, and shapes. The variegated ones are very "fancy", and can intrigue of color to an otherwise "lackluster" entrée.

There are quite a few recipes for using tulips in "kitchen cuisine", but in some people, they elicit an allergic reaction. Try just a few petals, until you know if you are able to tolerate them. Tulip petals are very effectively used as a "cradle" for nuts or hors d'oeuvres, as toppings, as decorations on cakes, pies, puddings, yogurt, or as a floating garnish for any soup or stew.

What Do 11 - 20 Taste Like?

According to most people's taste buds, these taste:

  • Hollyhocks - bland;
  • Dandelion - bitter;
  • Lavender - perfumey, sweet. with citrus overtones;
  • Hibiscus - citrusy to squashy;
  • Squash blossoms - like soft, delicate squash;
  • Honeysuckle - some say bitter, some sweet, I say sweet;
  • Primroses - sweet and bland;
  • Bachelor Buttons a.k.a. Cornflowers - spicy, clove-like;
  • Jasmine - perfumey and often bitter;
  • Tulips - crisp and sweet, like peas.

Edible Flowers 21-30 are: Chrysanthemums, English Daisy, Chives, Lemon Blossoms, Marigolds, Sweet William, Garlic, Snapdragons, Calendula, Chicory.

Featured Floral Food Facts and Fun

Flower Power: Cooking with Petals, Blossoms and Blooms
Flower Power: Cooking with Petals, Blossoms and Blooms

Ah, this gal is "right up my alley"! She has compiled a delightful book, with creative ideas on how to effectively add edible flowers to your family's food. I own this book, and love it!

 
Chrysanthemum blossoms
Chrysanthemum blossoms

21 - Chrysanthemum - The Imperial Flower

The chrysanthemum has been a cultivated flower, for thousands of years - prized for its beauty and valuable properties. Did you know that the Imperial seal of Japan, displays a chrysanthemum? The chrysanthemum flower motif is still to be found just about everywhere you look in Japan - on their currency, on their passports, decorating their furniture, in their restaurants, in their artwork, and on their buildings.

I understand that chrysanthemum flowers are edible, but many people find them to be very bitter. Now that I think about it, I have yet to hear one person actually call them "scrumptious"! Affectionately called "mums", their dried petals are often sprinkled over main dishes, or added to dips, salad dressings, or spice blends.

In the Orient, many different traditional ethnic recipes utilize chrysanthemums, however we found quite a few that were not from the Orient, such as: Chrysanthemum Stir Fry, Roast Chicken Noodle Soup with Chrysanthemum, Lobster with Chrysanthemum, Tofu and Beech Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes with Sautéed Chrysanthemum Petals, Lobster and Crab Chrysanthemum Leaf Salad, Chicken with Chrysanthemum Petal Sauce, Chrysanthemum Soup and Chrysanthemum Ginseng Wolfberry Jelly with Raw Honey.

Well, have I whet your appetite yet?

English Daisy Blossom
English Daisy Blossom

22 - English Daisy - Prim And Proper

Do you remember Please Don't Eat the Daisies", that hilarious movie from the 1960, starring David Niven and Doris Day?

Well, you can eat the daisies! The variety most often referred to as the edible flower, English Daisy, is this one - Bellis perennis. I have picked so many daisies, and watched them wilt in vases filled with water...when I could have added them to my cuisine!

English Daisies grow prolifically; some people view them as weeds. Personally, I think they are cute; representative of a child's idea of a flower. Whether you use only the petals, or the entire flower - daises make great garnishes, for almost about any dish. Just as it is with cilantro, a.k.a. coriander - opinions on the taste of English Daisies are vastly varied. Some folks simply love them, and some folks cannot stand them! Nevertheless, they have been a constant on the time-honored list of acceptable edibles, for centuries.

Chive Blossoms
Chive Blossoms

23 - Chives - An Old Perennial Favorite

Delicate, savory, lavender-hued chive blossoms are simply wonderful in salads, soups, omelettes, with cheese and as garnishes. We grow our own!

If you have never experienced their marvelous flavor, you might like to check out some of the ideas that we found on: Serious Eats. There are references for using chive blossoms in some very unusual ways, such as - Chive Flower Oil, Gnocchi with Chive Flowers , Chive Blossom Broad Beans, Curried Yam Salad with Chive Flowers, an inherited dish of Stir-Fry Chive Flowers with Pork and Oyster Sauce, and more. How about: Chinese Chive Flowers with Shrimp, or a Kale, Apple and Chive Flower Salad that was featured on Oprah Winfrey's show, or Elegant Omelette Gateau with Chive Flowers, or Chive Blossom Tabbouleh? There are so many ways to eat these delightful blooms - yet most of us only eat the chive leaves. It is time to break with tradition, get creative, and start using the blossoms!

Lemon Blossoms
Lemon Blossoms

24 - Lemon Blossoms - Better Than A Lemon!

Goodness! Just the smell of lemon blossoms is good enough to eat - if you could eat a smell, that is! When a lemon tree is in bloom, it's fragrance is unmistakable, and unforgettable.

Traditionally, lemon blossoms stand for "discretion". Well, there is nothing discrete about their strong, attractive aroma! People from many different cultures, all over the world, eat lemon blossoms.

To mention a few lemon blossom recipes we found, here are: Lemon Blossom Preserves, Lemon Blossom Sorbet, Lemon Blossom Ice Cream, Lemon Blossom Petal Syrup, Orange and Lemon Blossom Spoon Sweets, Lemon Blossom Yogurt, and of course, Candied Lemon Blossoms.

Marigold Blossom
Marigold Blossom

25 - Marigolds - Not Mary's And Not Gold

Whenever I see a word containing the letters "g-o-l-d", it catches my eye - due to the industry I have been in for many years. It isn't growing flowers, either; that's my husband's expertise. He grows orchids.

As an aspiring gardener, in my twenties, I was delighted to discover that I could successfully grow marigolds! Most of the potted flowers that I brought home, just "up-and-died" when I pulled up in front of our house. They KNEW the fate of those before them, and just "gave up the ghost" - right on the spot.

Not marigolds! They managed to survive anything I did to them - HOW - I shall never know. I understand that marigolds stand for "pain and grief". THAT'S it! Despite the "pain" and "grief" they endured at my hands - they learned to be "survivors"...

They are such an interesting flower - their spicy petals are used extensively in edible flower circles. I found recipes for: Marigold Buns, Venison with Marigolds, Spicy Marigold Rice, Mushroom Salad with "Lemon Gem" Marigolds, Marigold Cheese Soup, Marigold Potato Puffs, Marigold and Dandelion Eggs, Marigold Omelette, Beef and Marigolds, Monkfish Pasta with Marigolds and Anchusa - and a LOT more!

Sweet William Blossoms
Sweet William Blossoms

26 - Sweet William - A Dainty Dianthus

Sweet William is actually a common name for a particular variety of Dianthus - another adorable edible flower. It is too "cute" to be called "gorgeous", but it can add a lot of color to your dinner table, and I don't mean as a centerpiece!

Add Sweet William blossoms to brighten up cream soups, to spruce up salads, to add color to salad dressings, and to decorate cakes, and ice cream dishes. They have a way of bringing a smile to your countenance, with their "pepperminty-looking" little "faces".

In order to avoid any bitterness, when eating Sweet William flowers, only the petals should be eaten. The white base in the center, where the petals are attached to the flower, is bitter.

Its botanical name is Dianthus barbatus, and it is commonly grown in almost every area of the North American continent.

Garlic Blossoms
Garlic Blossoms

27 - Garlic - My Favorite Herb

At a café my late husband and I used to frequent, they called us - "Mr. and Mrs. Garlic" - because I always brought fresh garlic cloves along, to cut up and mix into our food.

In my lifetime, I have consumed hundreds of garlic bulbs, but, until recently - I did not know that the garlic blossoms were edible! I even spent an entire year, researching the properties of garlic, and have touted its health benefits to thousands, without knowing that you could eat the garlic flowers. How I missed this one, is beyond me, because I love garlic!

We found quite a lot of information online about innovative ways to use the flowers of garlic in your cooking. In my opinion, one of the best places to read about it, is at this delightful website: The Worldwide Gourmet, and...since I am a garlic enthusiast, I'll add some of my ideas! I have made Garlic Pizza, Garlic Apple Compote, Wilted Garlic Salad, Garlic Chive Cheese Omelettes, and a whole lot more!

Please do not ask for my recipes, because they consist of: a handful of this, a spoonful of that, and a dash of something else. For some unknown reason, others invariably find my recipes difficult to duplicate. I wonder why...

Snapdragon Blossoms
Snapdragon Blossoms

28 - Snapdragons - What A Name!

Snapdragons! I just loved them, from the first time I saw their blooms almost 40 years ago, and what child could resist a flower by that name?

How did snapdragons come by their unique name? Well, supposedly the reason is because the flower resembles the face of a dragon, and it "opens" when you press on it, from its sides. That's the story, anyway. I always thought it was because they snapped at dragons, but - what do I know?

Apparently, most edible flower chefs use snapdragons primarily for garnishes, but we did find a few unusual ideas. For your culinary delight, try some of these ideas we found, from such varied sources as American homemakers to Asian chefs: Snapdragon Ice Cubes, Snapdragons in Jello, Citrus-Spiked Snapdragon Jam, Snapdragon Salad, and Snapdragons in Applesauce with Raisins.

Calendula Blossoms
Calendula Blossoms

29 - Calendula a.k.a. Pot Marigold

This rather gentle, mild bloom packs an incredible nutritional punch! Calendula has been prized for its medicinal properties by herbalists for thousands of years, all over the globe.

You might wish to start your edible flower garden with this one, as it is reputed to be a "breeze" to grow. On the other hand, it doesn't get the rave reviews some of them get, when it comes to taste. The calendula petals lend themselves well to drying, and have been used extensively to impart a lovely yellow color to herb butters, and dips.

We didn't find a plethora of ideas for cooking with calendula flowers, but here are a few: Golden Corn Bread with Calendula Petals, Calendula Flower Spinach Omelette, Calendula Biscuits, and Calendula Herb Butter. The fresh petals pack a lot of eye appeal, sprinkled over chicken dishes, rice pilaf, or beef stew - and - the dried petals are very dramatic, added to soups, salads, dressings, cakes, and sweet breads. Use your imagination!

Chicory Blossom
Chicory Blossom

30 - Chicory a.k.a. Belgian Endive

One of my favorite coffee substitutes, chicory, is not only lovely - the plant's uses appear to have no end. Even in ancient times, chicory was a prized plant, referred to by the famous Romans - Pliny the Elder, and Horace. Currently, it is valued for its medicinal qualities, planted for animal fodder, and also used in making various aged beverages.

According to the USDA, chicory grows freely in all of the states in the US, with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska. It is also grown in many other countries, as is attested to, by the writings of the ancients. Chicory blossoms are usually the color of those in the photo, but they can be found in a variety of hues - from cornflower blue to light lavender, or even white.

The buds are commonly pickled, and the chicory blossoms are used in such varied dishes as: Chicory Flowers with Roquefort dressing, Chicory, Crystallized Chicory Flowers, Pickled Chicory Flowers, and Chicory Flowers Pasta. Last, but by no means least, we found a unique dish that's served at a fine restaurant in the UK, entitled - Rose of Goat Cheese Mousse with Ciabatta, Chicory Petals and Pink Peppercorn Dressing.

What Do 21 - 30 Taste Like?

Consider these "opinions". Generally, these taste:

  • Chrysanthemums - mild to bitter;
  • English Daisy - some say bitter, some say sweet;
  • Chives - like chive shoots; "oniony"
  • Lemon blossoms - slightly bitter and citrusy;
  • Marigolds - spicy; clove-like, or "grassy"
  • Sweet William - similar to clove;
  • Garlic - like the bulb, but milder;
  • Snapdragons - bland to bitter;
  • Calendula - sharp, tangy or peppery;
  • Chicory - like endive.

Edible Flowers 31-40 are: Coriander, Bee Balm, Dill, Rosemary, Sunflowers, Basil, Pineapple Sage, Cattails, Gladiolas, Chamomile.

Flowers ARE good enough to eat!

Good Enough to Eat: Growing and Cooking Edible Flowers
Good Enough to Eat: Growing and Cooking Edible Flowers

Frankly, it is hard to describe this book - the title says it all! The author has done a marvelous job of introducing edible flowers to the table, with alluring photographs to arouse the palate of any cook, and instructions for how to grow them, too.

P.S. I will leaving the "growing" part up to my husband, as he is the one in the family with the green thumb!

 
Coriander/Cilantro Blossoms
Coriander/Cilantro Blossoms

31 - Coriander a.k.a. Cilantro

Personally, I detest cilantro, in any form. My taste buds say that it tastes like soap - Dial soap. What? Did I hear someone ask how I would know what Dial soap tastes like? Oh, I eat it sometimes, when I have nothing else better to do.

No,... that's just not true. My mother liked to administer a dose of it on my tongue, if she even thought I might possibly have sassed her. She was quick with the Dial soap. I cannot imagine what she would have done, if I ever used a bad word - which I never did. She would probably have forced me to eat a whole bar of Fels-Naptha soap, or something worse!

I am seriously considering "divorcing" my oldest son and his dearly beloved wife, because of the rhapsodies they go into, about cilantro! No, couldn't do that - I love them both too much. So much for "inherited" tastes!

For your culinary pleasure, I forced myself to find some recipes using cilantro flowers. I am only doing this, because I know how healthy they are to ingest, and millions of people love cilantro. So, here is what I found: cilantro flowers can be used in any recipe that calls for cilantro leaves. The flowers are used in salsa, guacamolé, salads, soups, omelets, cilantro butter, and just about anything else you can concoct using cilantro leaves.

So, the "gist of it" is, that coriander a.k.a. cilantro, flowers, are edible, even though I don't think they are fit to eat!

Bee Balm Blossom
Bee Balm Blossom

32 - Bee Balm - Neither Bee Nor Balm

How does THIS botanical name roll off your tongue - Monarda didyma? Try it - it sounds "weird". What a strange name, for such a beautiful blossom.

Isn't it lovely? Just look at it ! ->

We found a few recipes online, using bee balm blossoms. One of them bears quite an interesting name - Hummingbird Bread. Doesn't that sound, well...interesting?

In addition, we discovered that bee balm blossoms are a marvelous compliment to any seafood dish, but they are also used in fruit salad, in curries, with beef, pork, chicken, duck, rice, and added to, or floated in citrus punch.

The flowers can be frozen successfully, and will keep well for a couple of months, retaining all of their flavor. They make a great addition to any homemade teas, tossed salads, and are a striking garnish for any entrée!

Dill Blossoms
Dill Blossoms

33 - Dill - My Favorite "Weed"

When we lived in Ohio, we used to have quite a bit of dill planted right outside of our back door. My mother used to send me out there, to cut off some dill flowers, called "heads", to put into our food.

She used them to make something she called "placintas". My godmother, who was from Romania, taught her how to do it. Technically, the word "placinta", in Romania, just means "pie". There, they are made with phyllo dough, and filled with a veritable smorgasbord of different fresh ingredients. Typical of my mother, she made her Dill Placintas with eggs, flour, milk, dill blossoms, and Swiss cheese, but no phyllo dough. I don't think she even made any in the last 40 years, but I can still remember how good they were, like it was yesterday!

As a youngster, I cannot remember ever eating any part of the plant, other than the dill flowers. They were SO good! Now that I am grown, I eat dill all of the time, planted by my husband.

Dill heads are commonly used in sauces, with fish, in omelettes, and of course - in homemade dill PICKLES!

Rosemary Blossoms
Rosemary Blossoms

34 - Rosemary - For Remembrance

As much rosemary as I eat...you'd think that I would have eaten the blossoms! Did you know that the herb supposedly signifies "remembrance"? Well, if that's true, you'd think I would remember, but, I didn't! Oh, well...better late than never, I guess.

One of the most interesting things I have ever read about rosemary, I saw on The Epicentre. It was, that a vigorously growing rosemary bush is an indication that a woman rules the household. Well, it's a miracle that my husband and I have any rosemary, then - because I don't need to be in charge at home. I have been in charge of my businesses, for years, and it's not all that it's "cracked up" to be!

Want some ideas for using rosemary flowers in your cooking? Well, we found some, that piqued our interest, such as: Lemon Rosemary Chicken, Rosemary Homemade Potato Chips, Fresh Berry and Rosemary Fool, Rosemary Flower Stew, Spinach and Rosemary Soup, and Rice and Rosemary Blossom Salad.

Sunflower Blossom
Sunflower Blossom

35 - Sunflower - The State Flower of Kansas

Eat sunflower seeds? Of course! Use sunflower oil? I have. Eat the flower of the sunflower? Never? Well, you can!

Now, I must tell you - there are varied opinions on this one. Some sources say the petals are poisonous. Other sources state emphatically - they are not! Our recommendation is to do your own research, but the consensus is, that the petals of the sunflower, eaten in moderation, are healthy and nutritious. As with anything else, eat them in moderation.

Always be cautious, with any edible flowers. Eat them only if you know for a fact, that they are organically grown. Some people add them to potato salad, salad dressings, and mixed green salads, but If you don't wish to eat them - just use them to garnish your entrées, decorate your cakes, and brighten up your meals.

Basil Blossoms
Basil Blossoms

36 - Basil - An International Favorite!

I have a husband, who loves to put basil leaves on his fresh tomatoes, but neither of us knew that the flowers of basil were edible, until recently. Now, the bees knew it, but none of them told me. To honeybees, African Blue Basil blossoms are like catnip to cats. They absolutely love it, and I am growing to love basil blossoms!

Basil flowers come in a variety of colors, and flavors, and are used by chefs, worldwide. They lend themselves beautifully to seafood dishes, soups, and salads, and we located some dishes made with them, that sound delightful. You might like: Cheese and Basil Flower Omelette, Cold Avocado and Carrot Soup with Basil Flowers, or Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Basil Flowers. My hat is off, to these creative chefs!

Pineapple Sage Blossoms
Pineapple Sage Blossoms

37 - Pineapple Sage - The Name Says It All...

The pineapple sage blooms with an extraordinarily beautiful red flower. I read online, where one enthusiast said that pineapple sage should be called "Hummingbird Highway". That's because it attracts hummingbirds like it was "hummingbird bait".

Pineapple sage flowers lend themselves deliciously to any recipe that calls for pineapple. From the Sooke Harbor House, in Vancouver, B.C., we found an entrée called Smoked Salmon and House Cured Salmon, with pineapple sage in it, that simply sounds delicious. Online, we also found recipes for: Roast Pork with Sage Flower Sauce, Pineapple Sage Salsa, Barbecue with Pineapple Sage Flowers, Banana Pineapple Sage Smoothie, and Pineapple Sage Flower Jelly, Pineapple Sage Corn Fritters Savory, and Pineapple Sage Pound Cake. What an unusual, delightful, delicate, edible flower, whose brilliant red color, alone - is enough to spruce up any dish!

Cattail Blossoms
Cattail Blossoms

38 - Cattails a.k.a. Cat-O'-Nine-Tails

I'll bet you don't think of cattails as a flower, but they are! I can remember seeing them, when I lived up north, and hearing that you could eat them, but I have never had the opportunity to try them. Have you?

They adorn the wetlands and marshes of the Northern Hemisphere, and are one blossom that the Native Americans feasted upon. Cattails don't look like flowers, they more closely resemble an overdone hot dog, but they are actually the flower of the plant.

Cattails are best eaten when they are young. We found such dishes as: Cattail Pollen Pancakes, Cattails Pilaf, Cat on the Cob with Garlic Butter, Cattail Casserole, Cattail Flower Pickles, Cattail Barley Soup, Cattail Muffins, and Boiled Cattail Wild Rice.

"Wildman" Steve Brill, shares that he eats sliced cattail hearts, sautéed in sesame oil, with wild carrots and ginger. Another daring "live off the land" adventurous soul made a recipe that I'd rather NOT try - Toasted Porcupine Stuffed with Watercress and Roasted Cattails Roots, no matter HOW good it is!

This one's botanical name is EASY - it is Typha. How simple is that? At last, one we can spell, and pronounce. How refreshing! Oh, by the way - it's "TIE-fah", if you have trouble saying it.

Gladiola Blossom
Gladiola Blossom

39 - Gladiolus - Glamorous Good Eating!

No matter how you spell it - gladiola, or gladiolus, or gladioli - that last one is the plural form - they are all the same gorgeous, edible flowers. This incredible photo of a Gladiolus imbricatus, that's its botanical name - gives you a close-up view of the beauty of the bloom!

You can use gladiola blooms in any salad, to add interest and color. Their mild flavor and soft texture blends beautifully with almost any ingredient that you could imagine to add to a tossed salad. We have discovered recipes for Gladiolus Sorbet, Stuffed Gladiolus, Gladiola Flower Omelette, and of course, Candied Gladiolus.

In my opinion, they are best used as a garnish to main entrées. They literally "steal the show" with their extraordinary blooms, and add an air of elegance to any culinary presentation.

Chamomile Blossom
Chamomile Blossom

40 - Chamomile - The Relaxing Blossom

Chamomile is the national flower of Russia, and this humble flower has more attributes than I can comfortably list. Both chamomile, and camomile are accurate spellings. The photo is of German chamomile, which looks a lot like a daisy, to me!

Its name literally means "earth apple", which is probably due to chamomile's apple-like aroma. Most of us who are familiar with medicinal herbs, are familiar with chamomile's renowned health benefits. However, a benefit that is not usually discussed, is that the petals - are edible!

There are lots of recipes available, using chamomile flowers. We found: Chamomile Cauliflower Soup, Chicken a la Spring, Chamomile Risotto, Chamomile Rice Pudding, Berry French Toast with Chamomile, Chamomile Orange Cupcakes, Chamomile Cookies, Honey Chamomile Ice Cream, Chamomile Berry Salad, Cucumber and Chamomile Salad, and Sesame Ginger with Chamomile Vinaigrette.

What Do 31 - 40 Taste Like?

You may feel differently about it, but most people think these taste:

  • Coriander a.k.a. Cilantro - I think, like SOAP; others think - "heavenly";
  • Bee Balm - minty;
  • Dill - just like the leaves, but stronger;
  • Rosemary - like the leaves;
  • Sunflowers - like chrysanthemums, bittersweet;
  • Basil - like the basil leaves, or like mint or lemony;
  • Pineapple Sage - like pineapple;
  • Cattails - like corn on the cob to some, and squash, to others'
  • Gladiolas - like lettuce;
  • Chamomile - like apples, like honey, bitter - lots of opinions on this one.

Edible Flowers 41-50 are: Fuchsia, Lemon Balm, Pea Blossoms, Begonias, Pineapple Guava, Johnny Jump Ups, Plum Blossoms, Dianthus, Apple Blossoms, Geranium.

A "Forgotten" Book You Need To Get

Forgotten Art of Flower Cookery, The
Forgotten Art of Flower Cookery, The

Recent interest in edible flowers makes this book a must, for every serious chef who wants the inside scoop on adding flower blossoms to their cuisine. Published in 1999, it is just one of the best cookbooks to be had, for those who like the unusual and exotic in their daily fare!

 
Fuchsia Blossom
Fuchsia Blossom

41 - Fuchsia - Almost Too Lovely To Eat!

I used to buy my mother fuchsia plants - she so loved them. I had no idea that those gorgeous draping blooms were edible!

Their extravagant looks are a conversation piece, no matter how you use them - as a glistening garnish, floating in iced drinks, or surrounding your stew. The deep royal purple centers, that seem to burst forth from the brilliant red outer petals, are a sight to behold. It almost seems a shame to eat them!

Some of the extravagantly lovely recipes we found for using fuchsia flowers, are: Fuchsia Flower Fruit Salad, Fuchsia Flower Jam, Fuchsia Jelly, Fuchsia Jello, Candied Fuchsia Flowers. The "extravagance" comes from the beauty of the blooms, but the recipes are very simple. Fuchsia flowers blend beautifully into any sweet sauces, add intriguing color and flavor to pork entrées, and look marvelous floated atop any cold soups. They are simply stupendously lovely blossoms!

Lemon Balm Blossom
Lemon Balm Blossom

42 - Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, is Melissa officinalis, botanically speaking. The first word of its botanical name "Melissa" is Greek for "bees"! It is in the same Lamiaceae family as rosemary, thyme, oregano.

At long last, this valuable, interesting plant is getting the attention it so richly deserves - on the table!

Just look at its blossom - isn't that beautiful? It reminds me of a trumpet. The flowers are: candied, used to garnish salads, incorporated into sorbets and ice cream, sprinkled over rice, or added to any recipe that calls for the herb.

One very interesting fact about lemon balm flowers, is to be found on Melissa Morrison's webpage - Dr. Christopher's Herbal Legacy: Lemon Balm. She tells us that lemon balm flowers were an essential ingredient in the famous "Carmelite Water" perfume recipe. According to her informative page, Carmelite friars were responsible for making the perfume, and the recipe was a closely guarded secret. It was actually patented under the name: "Eau de Melisse des Carmes", and patents were issued under the reigns of the French rulers Louis XIV,XV, and XVI. Her information is most definitely worth the trip to her webpage, for historical interest and enlightenment about this extremely interesting herb, and its flowers.

Snow Pea Blossoms
Snow Pea Blossoms

43 - Snow Pea Blossoms

Do not eat "Sweet Pea" flower blossoms, or any other ornamental pea blossoms - they are toxic - but the blossoms of the common pea, and the snow pea, are edible. This darling photo is of snow pea blossoms, aren't they lovely?

Sugar Snap Pea flowers are also edible, but these two mentioned, are the ONLY pea flowers that are recommended eating. There are lots of different varieties of peas, so if you are going to eat pea blossoms; be certain that the variety you have is edible...or...do without!

Because their flavor combines well with so many other foods, recipes for eating snow pea blossoms, are easy to create. A few that have been tried successfully, are: Snow Pea Flowers and Shoots Sauteed with Garlic and Oil - called "Do Miau", Macaroni Salad with Carrot and Snow Pea Flowers, and the usual Candied Snow Pea Flowers.

Begonia Blossom
Begonia Blossom

44 - Begonia - Just The Tuberous Ones!

This begonia - begonia tuberhybrida is an edible flower you will just have to try! You'll see what it tastes like, below. The flavor will most likely surprise you - it surprised me!

Warning - Eat only the petals of the "tuberous hybrid begonias". Others can be toxic. "When in doubt - leave it out!"

Here are some of the different ways we found chefs using begonia flowers: Begonia Cheese Ball, Citrus Dip Begonia Blossom, Smoked Salmon Mousse with Dill and Begonia Petals, Begonia Flower Sorbet, Edible Flower Canapés with Begonias. For a real treat, try this one: Sautéed Alligator with Begonia Sauce, from the Eat The Weeds website. Yes, that is really the recipe! I cannot say that I've tried it, though...

With all of the different colors of begonia flowers that grow, you can really create some beautiful rainbow-hued dishes, with flavors that will amaze your diners !

Pineapple Guava Blossoms
Pineapple Guava Blossoms

45 - Pineapple Guava - A Feast For The Eyes!

This one is almost too beautiful to eat, isn't it? This has to be one of the most arresting flowers I have ever seen. The technical name for the plant, is Feijoa sellowiana but, it is commonly called pineapple guava or guavasteen. Most people are familiar with its fruit, but not many people know that you can eat the blossoms.

Pineapple guava hails from Brazil, originally, but it is grown all over South America, Central America, New Zealand, Australia, and even in Scotland. We have actually found references to people successfully growing it - worldwide!

Predominantly in tropical countries, the flowers are used in: Pineapple Guava Flower Yogurt, Guavasteen Flower Ice Cream, Pineapple Guava Jam, Fejoi Fritters, Pineapple Guava Flowers Marmalade,and Pineapple Guava Flower Fruit Salad. In the US, Pineapple Guava is just getting its "just desserts", as a delicious, edible tropical fruit - with flowers that are a delight to the eyes, and a pleasure to the palate.

Johnny Jump Up Blossom
Johnny Jump Up Blossom

46 - Johnny Jump Ups

The common name for these dainty flowers, is tri-color violas, but this type is often referred to, as Johnny Jump Ups. Wait until you get to the section below, and find out what THEY taste like!

One "neat" thing about them, is that you can use their petals to thicken stew, soup, or sauces. Just remember - their flavor is more distinctive than other thickeners, such as flour, arrowroot, cream of tartar, or potato flakes. Using them may result in a very memorable meal - one that does not conjure up warm thoughts of repetition, in the diners' minds!

The Backyard Herbalist, Ernestina Parziale, has a recipe for Johnny-Jump-Up Jelly that is simple, and delightfully different from most jellies on the grocer's shelves. We also came across Johnny Jump Up Spring Salad, Johnny Jump Up Cider, Johnny Jump Up Mint Jam, Johnny Jump Up Mint Ice Cream, and Johnny Jump Up Whipped Cream Cheese. One more you might not want to miss, is an item from Sugar's Tea Room : Lavender Cookie topped with Blue Icing and a Johnny Jump-Up Blossom.

Plum blossoms
Plum blossoms

47 - Plum Blossoms

Did anyone else know that you could eat plum blossoms? Not only are plums delicious - plum blossoms are delicious! Of course, you won't have as many plums, if you eat a lot of the blossoms, but plum trees are loaded with them!

The Chinese refer to plum blossoms as one of the "Four Gentlemen". The other three are orchids, bamboo, and chrysanthemums. Quite an honor, don't you think? Even though the Chinese plum more closely resembles an apricot,- it is still, a plum.

Here are a few ways we found, to use plum blossoms in the kitchen: Candied Plum Blossoms, Plum Blossom Sorbet, Plum Blossom Jelly, and Plum Blossom Salad. From Frog Hollow Farm, we found - Plum Blossom Ice Cream with Frog Hollow Farm Plum Sauce and Pound Cake. As sweet as they are, we need more good recipes for them, don't you think?

Dianthus blossoms
Dianthus blossoms

48 - Dianthus - The Divine Flower

The name literally means "God flower". Well known to the home gardener, as pinks, not many know that almost all dianthus flowers are edible. Carnations are a variety of dianthus, as are Sweet Williams, both of which are featured here, in our list of fifty flowers that you can eat.

From The Free Library website, we found a recipe using dianthus petals that has a delightful name. How does Purple Flash Spinach Salad "hit you"? You can also make: Dianthus Flower Fondue, Dianthus Petal Butter, Dianthus Blossom Honey, Dianthus Mixed Greens Salad, Pickled Dianthus Buds, Candied Pinks, Dianthus Pink Jello and Candied Dianthus Blossoms. Get busy being creative, and suggest some more!

Apple Blossoms
Apple Blossoms

49 - Apple Blossoms

Another surprising edible flower! Now, who would think that apple blossoms are edible? Oh, I see; everyone knew that, but me! That just figures...

Did you know that apple blossoms are the state flower of Michigan and the state floral emblem of Arkansas? Well, they are. I didn't know that, either, until recently.

We found very few recipes using apple blossoms, but several references to Candied Apple Blossoms. One recipe, using apple blossoms, sounded very intriguing: Agis Apple Blossom Compote, from The Ultimate Zena Cookbook. Other than one more reference, that I found, to Baked Apple Flowers, it appears that the field is wide open for novel apple blossom recipes. If you happen to have some, let us know!

Geranium flower
Geranium flower

50 - Geranium - Especially Scented Ones!

Most of us are very familiar with geraniums, but we don't usually eat them. But, we can! My mother just loved geraniums. I didn't like them at all - but, I didn't know then, that they were edible! Whenever I used to think about geraniums, my mind would conjure up a big ball of red flowers, all in a cluster - to me, those were geraniums. Well, they didn't smell good to me, and we had a lot of them to smell!

Well, lo and behold! I found out that geraniums not only come in many, many different colors - like the spectacular blue one in the photo - but they are delightfully tasty to eat, too! One very interesting aspect of geraniums, is that - according to the color, the taste of the blossoms is specific to the color. I haven't tasted one yet, but understand that the lemon-scented ones actually taste like lemon, and from there - the taste extravaganza goes on! There are many articles online, about cooking with geraniums. They generally say that scented geraniums can taste like apple, ginger, peppermint, chocolate, nutmeg, and lime, to name a few.

Some of the recipes of interest that we found, were: Rose-Geranium Pound Cake, Victorian Rose Geranium Cake, Apple Geranium Jelly, Citrus-Scented Geranium Cookies, Herbed Butter with Geranium Leaves, Scented Geranium Dressing, Rose Geranium Punch, Rhubarb Pear Crunch Scented with Rose Geranium, Fresh Peaches Gratin with Rose Geranium and Cardamom, and TONS more!

What Do 41 - 50 Taste Like?

The last ten edible flowers, taste:

  • Fuchsia - tangy;
  • Lemon Balm - tangy, like citrus;
  • Pea blossoms - like peas - fancy that!
  • Begonias - like citrus;
  • Pineapple guava - like a floral melon, moist and crisp;
  • Johnny jump ups - like wintergreen mint;
  • Plum blossoms - sweet;
  • Dianthus - spicy cloves or nutmeg;
  • Apple blossoms - some say "appley", some say flowery - all say eat in moderation;
  • Geranium - like many different flavors, from lemony to minty, and everything in between.

Here are a few to try that are not in our list of 50 Edible Flowers, above.

Sweet Woodruff - like vanilla;

Daylilies - like asparagus;

English Chamomile - like apples;

Orange Blossoms - sweet and citrusy;

Rose of Sharon - nutty;

Safflower - bitter;

and there are a whole lot more!

Edible Flowers on Amazon

Edible Flowers: From garden to kitchen: growing flowers you can eat, with a directory of 40 edible varieties and 25 recipes, with 350 glorious colour photographs.
Edible Flowers: From garden to kitchen: growing flowers you can eat, with a directory of 40 edible varieties and 25 recipes, with 350 glorious colour photographs.

How can I begin to describe the book? Amazon does a spectacular job of it, and the author must be from England, because "color" is spelled "colour". Definitely a must, for those who wish to expand their culinary horizons!

 

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Edible Flowers in the Collage

In order, from right to left:

Row 1:

  • Orange Blossoms - GENUS
  • Daylily - Hemerocallis
  • Safflower - Carthamus tinctorius
  • Elderberry - Sambucus
  • Red Bud - Cercis canadensis

Row 2:

  • Spearmint - Mentha spicata
  • Radish - Raphanus sativus
  • Lemon Verbena - Aloysia triphylla
  • Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus leucoxylon
  • Linden - GENUS

Row 3:

  • Marjoram - Origanum majorana
  • Lotus - Nelumbo nucifera
  • Sage - Salvia officinalis
  • Arugula - Eruca sativa
  • Caper - Capparis

Row 4:

  • Peony - Paeonia
  • Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare
  • Peach - Prunus persica
  • Thyme - Thymus vulgaris
  • Luffa - also spelled "Loofah" - Luffa aegyptiaca or Luffa acutangula

Row 5:

  • Cactus - from the plant family Cactaceae, the order Caryophyllales
  • Marshmallow - Althaea officinalis
  • Oregano - Origanum vulgare
  • Okra - Abelmoschus esculentus Moench
  • Salsify - Tragopogon

We have read that some orchids are edible. Unless you absolutely know what you are doing - DON'T EAT THEM. Many are not edible, and they are easy to misidentify! Besides, my husband grows orchids, and if he found out that I was encouraging people to eat them, I cannot even imagine the consequences!

Some incredible ways to use edible flowers, from Food.com
Some incredible ways to use edible flowers, from Food.com

The Credit For The Photos Above

From a great website - Food.com - here are some great ideas for using edible flowers in your cuisine. The site is a feast for the eyes, and a "help in times of trouble" - like when you get stuck in a rut, and need a new idea for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Photo credits, from left to right:

Cauliflower With Marigold Sauce: recipe and photo by Sharon123

Elizabethan English Herb and Flower Salad With Honey Dressing: recipe and photo by French Tart

Super Quick Exotic Rose Ice Cream: recipe and photo by Um Safia

Homemade Crystallized Flowers: recipe and photo by French Tart

Floral Tostadas: recipe and photo by Sharon123

P.S. Don't miss French Tart's incredible Fresh Floral Ice Cubes!

To see the photos and recipes, simply visit the Food.com website, and type in the names of the recipes shown above.

The Edible Flower Garden (Edible Garden Series)
The Edible Flower Garden (Edible Garden Series)

The author promises to turn what is on your plate, into a "painting". That's the ticket for me, because I am just thrilled to get dinner on the table at night, forget about the "presentation". Flowers, edible flowers, do something to an entreé, that is difficult to accomplish in any other way. Love this book!

 

Common Sense Cautions - PLEASE READ!

I DON'T WANT TO BE THE DEATH OF YOU...

At the risk of being redundant, you need to insure that anything you put into your mouth, is edible. Take the time to identify your flowers! Be certain that you know exactly what you are eating!

#1 - Before you decide to eat any flowers, make a positive ID on them. Blossoms of some inedible, often poisonous plants, look very similar to the blossoms of edible plants. Some cases in point:

Fennel - the blossoms are edible, but they have "look-alikes" that are deadly. Unless you are growing fennel, or extremely familiar with fennel, don't eat flowers that look like fennel.

Wild Iris - also called Yellow Flag or Blue Flag. They resemble cattails. They are toxic!

Queen Anne's Lace - Don't eat it, I don't care what people say. This plant is much too easy to confuse it with hemlock, when it is young. Unless you have a degree in botany, or are an expert on flowers - leave it alone!

#2 - Find out whether or not the flowers or the flower buds, need to be cooked, before ingesting. Some edible flowers do, so educate yourself - first! To quote an old adage - "look before you leap." Sorry - just kidding about that! The saying is - "know, before you eat", and you can add this one - "better safe, than sorry"!

#3 - Only eat flowers from plants that have been organically grown. Unless you enjoy eating chemicals - via pesticides and fertilizers - either be certain that the flowers are grown organically, or, grow them, yourself!

When it doubt - leave it out! Experimentation may bring disastrous results - so I strongly suggest - AGAIN - before you eat ANY edible flowers - make sure that you know WHAT you are ingesting!

Here is a link for you, for your enlightenment, about flowers that are NOT to be eaten. See Henriette's Herbal

Edible Flowers
Edible Flowers

There are 160 pages here, of ways to use edible flowers. The flavors of edible flowers range from the exotic, to the exquisite - and all, are palatable. In this treasure, you will find ways to incorporate flowers into your cake decorating, jellies, sauces, stews, and even shortbread - in one easy to read, delightful book.

 
Banana Blossoms - AND - a recipe!
Banana Blossoms - AND - a recipe!

This is not an article about recipes, but..

...a fellow writer here reminded me about Banana Blossoms, and offered me her recipe. In gratitude, I have included it here for your enjoyment.

How we could have missed THIS one, I do not know! My husband and I grow bananas, and have more banana trees than we can keep after, so...I feel a bit mortified that I did not include BANANA BLOSSOMS! Well, here is a photo of them, and her recipe, is below. All of the credit for this one, goes to her.

RECIPE FOR BANANA BLOSSOMS

  • 1 Banana flower
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • 3 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 to 3 Curry leaves
  • 2 inch section of Pandan leaf - used in a lot of Southeast Asian cooking, especially Thai cuisine.
  • 2 to 3 Dried red chillies chopped in half, or substitute with fresh green chillies
  • Dried tuna flakes - optional
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil or butter for frying

Fry the onions and garlic in a small amount of oil or butter with curry leaves and pandan leaf, until all are soft. Remove the first two outer petals of the banana blossom and chop the flower into a bowl of water with a teaspoon of salt.

* Note: This step helps to remove the resin from the flowers.

Rinse thoroughly, and drain off all of the water .

Now, add the chopped banana blossoms and chopped chilies, to the frying pan, with the onions, garlic, curry leaves, and pandan leaf.

Cover and simmer.

When the flowers soften, add the tuna flakes, if you have them.

Simmer for a few more minutes.

Serve as a side dish with rice or flat-breads.

Thank you, my friend!

Edible Flowers: From Garden to Palate
Edible Flowers: From Garden to Palate

If you haven't tried lilacs in yogurt - you haven't "lived"! Well, that's going a bit far, but that is just one of the ways that the author illustrates her creative ways to add edible flowers to your cuisine. Wisely, the author includes warnings to poisonous plants, that could possibly be misidentified, as edible.

 
Daylilies in bloom
Daylilies in bloom

50 ideas on how to use Edible Flowers

You can...

  1. Float them on top of soup.
  2. Layer the petals into homemade wraps.
  3. Use the flowers as edible garnishes.
  4. Put the spicy ones in tacos.
  5. Add the "nutty" ones to meatloaf.
  6. Blend the sweet ones into your smoothies.
  7. Use the flowers in homemade ice cream.
  8. Mince, and whip into cream cheese, dips, and spreads.
  9. Put the "oniony" ones on top of hamburgers.
  10. Incorporate the sweet ones, in your pies.
  11. Use large flowers' petals as your salad base.
  12. Experiment with the "perfumey" ones, in iced tea.
  13. Blend the whole flowers into sauces.
  14. Whip some into softened butter.
  15. Put sweet ones into jellies, and make marmalade with the "citrusy" ones.
  16. Use brightly contrasting flowers, to make 7-layer salad.
  17. Add flowers to Jello, or other gelatin dishes.
  18. Experiment with various ones, in egg omelettes.
  19. Sauté the vegetable-tasting ones in olive oil, with garlic and salt.
  20. Pickle the immature flower buds.
  21. Chop any edible flowers, and add to homemade bread or rolls.
  22. Incorporate any peppery, spicy ones, in your homemade chili.
  23. When your grilled shiskabob is finished, skewer flowers on each end.
  24. Stir the sweet, aromatic ones into yogurt.
  25. Add layers of petals to cold sandwiches.
  26. Bake spicy, "oniony" whole flowers and petals on top of pizza.
  27. Include petals in your homemade spaghetti sauce.
  28. Put whole flowers, petals, and buds into casseroles.
  29. Spruce up your homemade cakes with flowers on the icing.
  30. Add the sweet ones, to homemade candies.
  31. Put petals into your soufflés, and whole flowers on top, when it's finished.
  32. Include them in your turkey stuffing and breading mixes.
  33. Try them in stuffed mushrooms, squash, and seafood.
  34. Decorate iced tea, with the flowers.
  35. Experiment with adding them to sushi.
  36. Mix them into potato salad, egg salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad.
  37. Put sweet, bright ones into ambrosia salad.
  38. Add minced flowers to your potato pancake mix.
  39. Put flower petals in your homemade muffins.
  40. Blend them into guacamolé.
  41. Use them when you make homemade noodles.
  42. Make twice-baked potatoes and add petals to the stuffing.
  43. Roll flowers that taste spicy and sweet into phyllo dough, add your favorite sweetener, butter or oil, and bake.
  44. Dress up your chicken salad with petals, and garnish with the whole flowers.
  45. Add "vegetable-tasting" and "oniony" flowers, to wild rice.
  46. Fold petals, right before cooking, into pancake batter.
  47. Dry the flowers, mince them, and add to salad dressings.
  48. Make slits in steak, and stuff the slits with aromatic spices and blossoms.
  49. Use chopped, diced, or minced flowers in your cornbread mix.
  50. Cook quinoa, teff, amaranth, chia, rice, or any wholegrain, and add flower petals at the end.

Or, how about making:

  • Pineapple Sage Pie
  • Nasturtium Blossom Noodles
  • Plum Blossom Pudding
  • Moringa Mushroom Soufflé
  • Cattail Chicory Casserole
  • Apple Blossom Tarts
  • Coriander Blossom Cookies or
  • Savory Snapdragon Stew?

You can also put the flowers in vases, on the table, and encourage your family and company to eat them. You'd better have a book or two about Edible Flowers around, or some of them won't believe you!

Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion
Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion

Inside this volume, are great full-color photographs, and ideas for how to use edible flowers in your kitchen - ranging from drinks to desserts. Written by a woman who hosted two of her own television series, this little "kitchen companion" of edible flowers is sure to please!

 
Special Anniversary Flowers
Special Anniversary Flowers | Source

Edible Flowers For Anniversaries...

What does a 25th wedding anniversary bring to mind? Silver, right? Gold is for the 50th, diamonds or pearls for the 30th, and on it goes. Did you know that some of our 50 edible flowers are considered traditional wedding anniversary flowers? Well, they are!

In order, from left to right:

  • Carnations ~ 1st
  • Pansies ~ alternate 1st
  • Fuchsia ~ 3rd
  • Geraniums ~ 4th
  • Daisies ~ 5th
  • Hollyhocks ~ 13th
  • Roses ~ 15th
  • Nasturtiums ~ 40th
  • Violets ~ 50th

Most people are not familiar with the special flowers that commemorate certain anniversaries, so we thought we would help to spread the word!

Links to teach you more about edible flowers...

If you wish to enjoy eating edible flowers, do yourself a favor, and learn more about them. Once you have an understanding, of which ones are safe to eat - and of course, which ones you ENJOY eating, you can share the information with others! One of these links, is to a company that sells edible flowers.

P. S. All of them, can be used to make tea!

How Nutritous Are Edible Flowers?

How Nutritous Are Edible Flowers?
How Nutritous Are Edible Flowers? | Source

That is an excellent question. The answer is - no one seems to KNOW, exactly!

In our research, we found that most of them are packed with lots of Vitamin C and Vitamin A - but it is "doggone" hard to find out anything beyond that. All raw fruits, vegetables, and herbs have enzymes in them - essential for the proper digesting of food, but you will be on a mysterious journey when you try to track down the specific vitamins and minerals to be found in edible flowers.

We did track down a lot of folklore about edible flowers, and a lot of it is based upon facts. You might be enlightened to read what we found about eating the blossoms of the following flowers.

* Borage is supposed to give one courage

* Violets and Pansies are for love potions

* Daisies are supposed to cure insanity - give some to our legislators!

* Chrysanthemums will ensure a long, healthy life - I suggest you start eating them today.

* Lemon Balm will relieve anxiety and nervousness

* Crab Apple is supposed to keep your from being obsessive

* Primrose encourages sound sleep

* Cilantro will either have you give birth to a genius, or live forever - your choice

* Honeysuckle is supposed to cure one from living in the past

* Impatiens? The cure for impatience, of course!

* Carnations are supposed to cure a fever

...and there are many, many more.

However, we would like to be able to intelligently state some facts about their health benefits. Not an easy task, to be sure - but we did find a few references:

Red Clover Blossoms - calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine.

Marigold Flowers - high content of lutein, a powerful antioxidant.

Chamomile Blossoms - choline, vitamin B-1. vitamin B-2, and vitamin C

Rose Petals - high in Vitamin C

Oh, we found a lot of speculation, but other than that, we merely found references which stated that the nutrients in the flowers of the plant, were comparable to the nutrients in the plant, itself - not really very helpful, if you ask me. Some flowers of plants are edible, while the plant itself, is NOT, and vice versa!

Flower remedies have been used for thousands of years, and I believe that some in-depth studies are in order, to delineate the specific nutrients that are contained in edible flowers. I say, it's about time - what do YOU think?

For Those of You Who Won't Eat Flowers

You might like these!

From one company's chocolate tree...

If you are still not convinced, and just cannot "stomach" the idea of eating flowers, we have

an alternative arrangement for you!

Give the folks at Flowers to Eat a call, and see if these "tickle" your taste buds! Bon Appétit!

In Appreciation to All of the Photographers for their Images

PHOTO CREDITS - Thank you - one and all!

We believe in giving credit, where credit is due.

- No attribution means the photo is in the public domain.

1. Borage - "Borage, also known as Starflower" by Yummifruitbat: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic License

2. Carnation - Originally; free photo from Dreamstime, but is no longer there.

3. Moringa blossoms - Photographed by the author.

5. Violets - "Viola alpina" by Jerzy Opiola uploaded by Selso: Creative Commons - GNU Free Documentation License

10. Nasturtium - "Close up of a Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) flower and leaves" by Armon: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

11. Hollyhocks - "Alcea setosa" by Zachi Evenor: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

16. Honeysuckle Blossoms - Luc Viatour

18. Bachelor Buttons a.k.a. Cornflowers - Cornflower blue (Centaurea cyanus) by Jackerhack: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

22. English Daisy - "Daisy flower (Bellis perennis)" by André Karwath aka Aka: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic License

26. Sweet William - "Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William). flower" by Céréales Killer: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

29. Calendula - "Asteraceae" by Alvegaspar

30. Chicory a.k.a. Belgian Endive - "Blue wild flower of Cichorium intybus" by Alvegaspar: GNU Free Documentation License

31. Coriander a.k.a. Cilantro - "Coriander" by H. Zell: GNU Free Documentation License

32. Bee Balm - "Bee Balm (Indianernessel - Goldmelisse)" by Smartbyte: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

36. Basil Flowers - "Flowering Basil Stalk" by Christian Bauer: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

37. Pineapple Sage - "Salvia elegans" by Eric Hunt: GNU Free Documentation License

39. Gladiolus - "Gladiolus imbricatus" by Christer Johansson: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic License

40. Chamomile - "Matricaria chamomilla" by Simplicius: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

41. Fuchsia - "Blue Eyes Fuchsia" by AutoGyro: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

42. Lemon Balm - "Melissa officinalis carmel" by Gideon Pisanty: GNU Free Documentation License

43. Snow Pea blossoms - "Snow Pea Flowers" by Bmdavll: GNU Free Documentation License

45. Pineapple Guava - "Pineapple Guave (Acca sellowiana syn: feijoa sellowiana, Myrtaceae) leaves and flowers" by Didier Descouens: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

48. Dianthus - "Dianthus carthusianorum" by Bernd Haynold: GNU Free Documentation License

Also in the Public Domain - the Banana Blossom photo above the recipe.

Special anniversary flowers collage by the author - E. Tack

Many thanks to: Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, PD Photo, and all of the people who put their photos in the Public Domain!

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      Marion Reads 15 months ago from Canada

      What a comprehensive article about flowery edibles.

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      Emily Tack 21 months ago from USA

      My pleasure, rolake! I am delighted that you enjoyed it!

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      rolake 21 months ago

      Thank you for an excellent work done. You have enriched my understanding and knowledge about variety of flowers to eat

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      ologsinquito - I'm sorry, but I could not reply any closer to your comment. I am really glad you liked the article. It was a lot of fun, writing it, and doing the research.

      The warnings, I would like to have displayed in huge letters, so they could not be missed - but, evidently they did not escape your attention.

      Thank you!

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you, ArtDiva. Yes, it took some time to write it, and your suggestion to publish it is very kind, too. I am not in CA, but have had a few edible flowers served with my meal in restaurants. Unfortunately, they forgot to tell me I could eat them. I eat them at home, though. As my husband - he thinks I'll try anything that grows!

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Audrey! I am so glad you enjoyed it. There are many, many more, but I just wanted to highlight some to whet the appetites of those who "happen upon" the article.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Wow what a great article! Who knew that so many flowers were edible?

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Wow! This took some time to pull together. Beautiful imagery to compliment the copy. You should publish this as a small handbook. In Sonoma, CA, there are several growing farms with edible flowers, and served as a salad garnish in many of the restaurants. There's so much information here, I'll have to come back and reread. Nicely presented!

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      This is an amazing article, packed with so much wonderful information. The photos are beautiful, and I like how you wove in the warnings, as look-alike plants can be deadly. But if you know what you're eating, that's a different story. I'm sure these flowers are also packed with medicinal properties. Voted up, shared and more.

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you, tony55! I am really glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed writing it, and learned quite a few things while I was researching it.

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      femi 2 years ago from Nigeria

      Amazing hub, one of the best hubs I have read lately. I have never tried a flower before because some are downright dangerous and poisonous. beautiful hub voted up

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Shades-of-Truth,

      You are welcome. I just spoke from my heart. I do admire your talent and patience in coordinating all of this information.

      I can define it in one word: Amazing.

      And a warm thank you for following me. I cherish my followers and that includes you.

      Keep up the fine work.

      Your Friend for Life

      Kenneth

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Kenneth. I am so glad you liked it, and yes, it took a long time to get it all together. It always puts a smile on my face when someone enjoys reading it.

      Hopefully, some of the information will come in handy, too, as you mentioned. When in a survival situation, some of these edible flowers might just save a life!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Shades-of-Truth,

      Wow! How long did the research take you for this piece? Amazing read. And very helpful and not to be cute, if you are stranded somewhere alone or with someone and you are without food. I suppose that you know that the information in this hub could save someone's life?

      And as for your writing . . .I really love this hub. And here are the reasons why:

      1. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, it is amazing.

      2, I loved the way you worded this hub.

      3. Graphics, superb.

      4. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

      5. Voted Up and all of the choices.

      6. I loved your topic of this hub.

      You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Very interesting. I never knew there were so many edibles. I always remember my late husband popping a marigold into his mouth that was garnishing the salad a very formal wedding reception. He got this look on his face and tried desperately to get rid of it in his napkin without anybody noticing.

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      VirginiaLynne - delayed reply - apologies...

      Tickled that you liked our article!

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      TolovajWordsmith

      Thank you - glad you liked it! The photo credits list was a long one, so...I "compacted" it. Sorry this is late - hard to keep up.

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      DealForALiving,

      I actually eat lotus root, but only the root.

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      To oldiesmusic:

      I am so gratified that liked this. I agree, try the edible flowers first, with dessert. That is a great way to introduce yourself to them!

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Elsie, I think you are on to something! Perhaps you could "foil" the flying fiends next year, so you might be able to enjoy some of the "fruits of your labor" - pun intended!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Just returned from the other day, I have become very interested in edible flowers. I had to smile when I seen the Plum flowers being edible, I think the birds have all ready discovered that, as I haven't had any plums on my trees for four years, and they are covered with flowers in the spring.

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      I agree with you, Swisstoons. So glad you enjoyed it, too! Thank you!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 2 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent! I knew about a few of these, but had no idea there were so many edible flowers. Wouldn't be surprised if most have healing properties, too. With all the bright colors, they got to be loaded with phytonutrients.

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      oldiesmusic 2 years ago from United States

      I've never known any other edible flowers except zucchini and squash flowers eheheeh. Your depth of research is amazing here. Great job you have. Perhaps to introduce me to eating flowers, I should eat them first when they're put on desserts.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Awesome hub! I never realize there were so many edible flowers. I have bookmarked this so I can come back and try some of these later when the garden is blooming. Living in NZ it's spring now.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Best flower to eat is the lotus - well, actually the lotus root is really tasty. And lotus leaves are good for steaming proteins.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 2 years ago from Ljubljana

      Beautiful and edible - what better can it be! Thank you for this astonishing list and by the way, I like how you solved the problem with image credits and link limitations. Cheers:)

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      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      Terrific article! I grow a lot of these flowers and knew some could be eaten, but I haven't really thought much about how to use them. You have certainly stirred my interest. Pinned!

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you, "Glimmer" - I am so glad you liked it!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      This is really interesting. I knew about many of them, but had no idea how many others. Cool article!

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: I shall do so, and so glad you liked our Lens!

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      @LawrenceIp LM: It IS a good idea!

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      @paulahite: Thank you, Paula! So glad you liked it!

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      Paula Hite 2 years ago from Virginia

      I love your lens!! I shared it on our Facebook page today too!

      www.facebook.com/GreenThumbOnSquidoo

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @RewildThyself: You are welcome! I am just now getting to all of the comments!

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      LawrenceIp LM 3 years ago

      Never tried flowers in sushi. Great idea

      sushimakingvideos.com

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @RewildThyself: I am jealous. Mine are all gone....:( Thank you for visiting and commenting!

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @yania227: Thanks, yania227!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Wow, this is a great page! I especially like it that you list what each tastes like. I've been hesitant to recommend snapdragons, as they just don't look like something edible to me ... it's nice to see corroboration from someone who's actually tasted them... :)

      I hope you'll stop by my edible flowers page (unfortunately it won't let me link it, just put hyphens between the words in my name (dot com) and add /edible-flowers-list.html and you'll be there) and let me know what you think.

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      RewildThyself 3 years ago

      I'm having some tiger lily today :) Thanks for the great article

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      yania227 3 years ago

      I love flowers and I love this lens!

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @roger530: Thank you! Really gratified that you enjoyed it!

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: So glad you liked the Lens! You needn't worry, about people eating all of the flowers - MOST people are not going to do it. They are not likely to break with tradition! Really loved your comment - thanks!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      It's a brilliant presentation. You share a new way to look up on flowers. but now i afraid losing flowers if people will start eating flowers. I think you make somebody hunger grow who always dying to test something new in his/her menu. I request to all of the reader " NOT TO EAT FLOWERS " unless nothing have left plzzzzz..

      Thanks.

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      roger530 3 years ago

      Great lens on 50 Delightful Edible Flowers.

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @lionmom100: Thank you! I am so glad that you liked it. The "taste" info is important, as I am one of those who cannot tolerate the taste of cilantro - so...I thought it might be helpful to let others know what they taste like. Forewarned is forearmed, and "all that"! ;)

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      lionmom100 3 years ago

      Nice presentation on edible flowers. I particularly like that you add information on what they taste like.

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: Marjorie, do eat them in moderation. We don't want to hear that all of the blossoms have been eaten! Then, you won't have any Moringa pods, like WE do...

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @ViJuvenate: Thank you, ViJunvenate. I don't get back to reply a lot, but most honored by your comments!

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @EmmaCooper LM: Ah, Emma - bless you, and thank you!

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @peacefullyhappy: Thanks, peacefullyhappy! I do hope you still HAVE a flower garden, and did not eat all of your beautiful flowers...

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @clouda9 lm: Thank you, clouda9 - but WE think the edible flowers are incredible. Hope you enjoyed your nibbles!

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      Emily Tack 3 years ago from USA

      @Echo Phoenix: Thank you, Echo! I am so glad that you liked it!

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      Echo Phoenix 3 years ago

      WOW! this is a gorgeous lens with a wealth of information. I particularly enjoy creating recipes with Lavender and/or Rose Petals when I play in the kitchen:) thank for sharing all this Flowery Wisdom!

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      clouda9 lm 3 years ago

      Incredible read all about edible flowers...gonna meander down to the garden for a nibble of this and that ;)

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      peacefullyhappy 3 years ago

      I had no idea so many flowers were edible! I am looking at my flower garden now in a whole new light. Definitely will be adding some beauty to my meals.

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      EmmaCooper LM 4 years ago

      Lovely lens, blessed by a SquidAngel

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      ViJuvenate 4 years ago

      Great job, with so much information! I used to grow them to eat, but have not done so lately. They are so pretty mixed in with foods. This is a lens people will come back to when they want good information on the subject. Bookmarked. :o)

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: The moringa flowers are very, very good, when they are lightly wilted, over heat, with a touch of butter or olive oil, garlic, and sea salt. They should be eaten in moderation, though, as they can have a laxative effect - AND - if all of them are eaten, there will not be any Moringa pods on the tree! :)

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      @suepogson: Thank you, suepogson! I am so glad that you liked it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The banana blossoms here in Phil. called ( Puso,which is "heart" in English) and squash flower was very familiar to me here in the Philippines, especially in the Provinces were i lived, tried it in different way of cooking too.

      I tried to eat the moringa flower too as my husband said he eat it raw and yes it taste good...

      If all Filipinos knows all that different edible flowers they wont be hungry and always have something in plate. But then we don't want to loss our flowers end up endangered species.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Really funky leans with lots of short, witty and to the point sections - loved it. Almost as much as I love nasturtiums in fact...

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      @Toy-Tester: Thank you, Toy-Tester! Glad I stopped in, to thank you...something has happened to the size of the photos, so next time you stop in, they should be fixed....appreciate your coming!

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      Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      Unbelievable - thank you for such a great lens! Pinned it for later reference

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      WONDERFUL PAGE .THANK YOU X

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Dandylions are only bitter if you get the white 'milk' on them. If you pick and eat them carefully enough to not break any of the green parts around the flower they will be sweet, not bitter.

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: I had it, but cannot find it right now. Will keep looking, and post answer here when I find it...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The comment about snapdragons piqued my interest. Where I might I find the citrus spiked snapdragon jam recipe?

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      @Kapalbility: Once again, to all who voted and commented - thank you! I am simply delighted, that you like our Lens about 50 edible flowers. Hopefully, a lot of people will view the beauty all around us, with more of an "eye for edibility"!

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      Kapalbility 4 years ago

      Of course. I love moringa, squash and banana blossoms. Those are delicious. Awesome lens about edible flowers. Delish. Blessed.

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      rubylane lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for this delicious lens! Packed with ideas and beautiful photos.

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      @WorldTraveling: Thank you! I am so glad that you liked it!

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      WorldTraveling 4 years ago

      One of the best I've seen on this topic anywhere on the web!

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      @jlshernandez: Thank you, bakerwoman!

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: Yes, they are! Most people overlook them, because they are too busy enjoying the sweet potato, itself!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the post!

      Are sweet potato blossoms edible? I can not find the info anywhere online - really ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the post!

      Are sweet potato blossoms edible? I can not find the info anywhere online - really ;)

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Didn't know some of the flowers in my garden are edible. The only one that I have eaten are the pineapple guavas. Lovely lens. Blessed*****

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      Stopping by, to say thank you! I am so glad that you all liked the Lens, and hope it has encouraged you to add edible flowers to your diet. Just be sure you know what you are eating, and enjoy!

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      caffimages 4 years ago

      Wow, a gorgeously presented, beautifully photographed and comprehensive lens. I'm adding you to my featured lens on forgaged food. Thank you.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      I like anything that doesn't eat me first. Lol

      Awesome Lens, very informative. Kudos.

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      Adele Jeunette 4 years ago

      Wow, what a thorough lens. Beautiful photography, too. I always thought it was a good idea to eat the squash blossoms---it keeps you from having so many zucchini that you sneak them onto your neighbors' doorsteps. ;-)

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      Emily Tack 4 years ago from USA

      @Chocolatealchemy: Thank you! So glad you liked it, and hope you enjoy adding some of these delightful taste sensations to your daily fare!

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      Chocolatealchemy 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Wow, you've created an awesome fabulous Lens. I use nasturtiums in salads; but had no idea there were so MANY edible flowers. Thanks for sharing your knowledge - I'm going to grow some of these this year!

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      Margaret Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

      I have eaten some flowers, but I had no idea that so many were edible! Looks to me like this is the GO TO reference beginning in the spring, and one to refer to when planting! Excellent!

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      Emily Tack 5 years ago from USA

      @justholidays: Thank you - all of you! I am so glad you enjoyed it, and would love to hear if any of you have incorporated Edible Flowers into your diet. After all, if you are going to plant flowers, why not plant flowers that you can eat?

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      I just couldn't do without coming back to this excellent page that lists the 50 edible flowers that can also make your dining table more beautiful and attractive for the eyes as; after all, we eat first with our eyes.

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      Serenity30 5 years ago

      I didn't see banana blossoms( did I miss it?). We eat them fried as a side dish.

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      Serenity30 5 years ago

      Great lens. I found it because Squidoo wouldn't let me start a lens on edible flowers saying there was one already. Very informative lens.

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      HERBMASTER 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed the lens. I wish I had thought of it!

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      quicpost 5 years ago

      Great lens-thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What an informative and colourful lens.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      fantastic. what a lovely page on edible flowers. full of useful info. ~blessed~

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      Emily Tack 5 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: Tom, I am glad that you liked it! Take another look through the lens - quite a few of our edible flowers are extremely fragrant! Thank you for commenting - we love edible flowers...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the excellent disclosure and passion. I am living in the South Pacific, wonder any tropical flowers with great aroma can be edible? anyone?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, this is sure full of all kinds of important information on Edible Flowers. Thank you. I sure enjoyed my visit even though I don't eat Flowers. I just never have but might one day. This lens is not only very interesting but it very beautiful.

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      GreenfireWiseWo 5 years ago

      Yes! Great lens - thank you.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My 86 year old mom will love this page as she likes to forage for wild foods. The deer liked my lily buds and ate them all.

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      quicpost 5 years ago

      Wonderful article and I'll try to eat hibiscus flowers one day.

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      ellagis 5 years ago

      really inspiring, I love your lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I also dislike cilantro. I think it tastes like clorox, just as bad as the soap.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful Lens, love all this information, and Lensrolled it to my Flower Gifts from Zazzle Lens, great work!

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      RubyRavn LM 5 years ago

      GREAT lens, thank you! My hubby thinks I'm weird when he sees me "grazing" with the horses. All that red clover, chicory, dandelion.....can't let the horses have all of it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love flowers but have never thought of eating them. There are, of course some of the edible flowers that are used as vegetables and I think, I have eaten them - but not the hibiscus and roses.

      Love the presentation of your lens and it truly deserves a "Purple star".

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I think flowers add greatly to the beauty of a dish, but have decided not to pick and eat flowers for a while. I am afraid my little girl will think all flowers are edible and eat something dangerous. When she's grown a bit, we will start again!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This lens has been featured on and lensrolled to my "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf" lens. :-)

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      deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

      I had chrysanthemum on my tea occasionally, and I had rose water before. But I never eat any raw flower. Great lens with beautiful flower pictures and plenty of information about different types of flowers and tips & tricks to eat these flowers. ---Blessed---

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      Craftybegonia 6 years ago

      Interesting lens! Did not know that so many flowers could be eaten!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      This is very cool. though I'd probably have a hard time eating some of the flowers. I enjoy them too much in bloom. :)

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I too am back to Bless this Lens...looks like it has done quite well with that shiny purple star up there and all :) Your hardwork paid off.,,,and I am very happy for you. So add my Angel Blessing to your list of blessings and stars for a great lens on edible flowers.

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      I'm back, too, to play Squidangel. I saw the squidcast and came back to bless.

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      LadyLovelace LM 6 years ago

      I am so, so pleased to be able to come back and bless this lens. It's still awesome!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've had Pansies in a salad before, but had no idea so many flowers are edible. This is a wonderful, extensive lens that I'm bookmarking because I WILL be back!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I would rather look at the flowers than eat them, but when it comes to trying something new..I'm game.

      Thanks for sharing,

      Lizzy

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Fantastic lens! I'm going to add this to my lensography on edible wild plants. I'm also giving it an Angel blessing and will feature it on my SquidAngel At Your Service lens.

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      Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Yep- I eat all sorts of things! I love borage! What a great list- blessed by a Squid Angel today and added to my angel lens.

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      LadyLovelace LM 6 years ago

      I grow pansies specifically to use as cupcake decorations - if you sugar them, they look and taste great on top of dainty little cakes. Roses are really effective as Christmas cake decorations, too.

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      resabi 6 years ago

      I don't think I've ever eaten any although I've had a few as tea. Your lens is absolutely beautiful and the verbal descriptions definitely make me want to try some. So much great information. Most definitely blessed.

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      nukemdomis lm 6 years ago

      I've never munched on flowers before, but I wouldn't mind seeing a girl eat some flowers that she received as a gift.

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      CarolWingert1 6 years ago

      Nicely done! Beautiful photos to go along with the info!! I love the wild edibles, and we make meals of them!!! I actually have a book on amazon of 27 edibles plants!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Beautiful and educational! 2020, Carol and Kate keep trying to educate me on edible flowers. I am learning tho slowly!

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      My mother knew that stuff. Flowers that went in the salad when I was a child: rose, violet, daylily, dandelion (leaf). I believe we just nibbled the honeysuckle and clover and sipped the nectar. This is a gorgeous lens.

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      LotusMalas 6 years ago

      I remember eating red clovers as a kid! I had no idea this many varieties of flowers were edible!

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I had no idea that so many of these flowers were edible. I recognised a few, but you have built a wonderful resource for anybody needing to know this information. *Blessed*

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This page is packed with perfect information on Edible Flowers and presented in a layout style that is as 'appealing' as the beautiful photographs you've included. In addition, your descriptions are written in such a delightful way that I feel we are discussing these engaging edible flowers across your kitchen table while we sip some Moringa Blossom Tea!

      The only one that I was really familiar with was Rose Hips, as we were told many years ago that vitamins made with Rose Hips was the best and healthiest and most natural way to get your Vitamin C! This story is extremely well researched and well presented and very much deserving of a ~~SquidAngel Blessing~~

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I've never seen such a long and informative list of edible flowers. I particularly like that you give some idea of the flavours. Blessed by an Angel.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      I didn't know that 95% of the flowers presented on this page were edible but I'm going to save the page on my computer so that I can refer to it - I grow some of those flowers in the garden and plan to add some more so that we can have an edible garden in addition to a decorative one!

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      NarrowPathPubli 6 years ago

      This lens really speaks to my Earth-based side. I do a lot of cooking rituals, but I had never considered flowers.

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      dancerene 6 years ago

      Wow, fantastic lens and loads of useful information. I don't eat flowers but I drink flower tea. The traditional Chinese medicine actually uses a lot of flowers and many exotic flowers have great healing properties.

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      A fantastic guide to 50 edible flowers....who knew :) I knew a few of these but in no way did I have any clue of the rest. This is wonderful for naturalists and organic stuff....me I am still at the warning at the top :) I am safe with my chocolate chip cookies ~ excellent job Emily~

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      So much work has gone into this, you've done a fantastic job of introducing us to edible flowers! I only knew that a few of these could be eaten.

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      Wow! 50 of them! And here I am thinking I was the only one who ate hibiscus and ixoras growing up..well not ixora petals but we used to pull it out and sip it... I was 5 and some adult said we could :) Now I know 50 edible flowers.

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