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42 Flowers You Can Eat

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Citrus (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat)
Citrus blossoms are sweet and highly-scented. Use frugally or they will over-perfume a dish.

Flowers are sweet with a hint of licorice.

Read a whole post about dandelions here: Eating and Harvesting Dandelions. (I am nuts about dandelions.)

Yellow dill flowers taste much like the herb’s leaves.

English Daisy
These aren’t the best-tasting petals–they are somewhat bitter, but they look great!

Yellow fennel flowers are eye candy with a subtle licorice flavor, much like the herb itself.

Tangy fuchsia flowers make a beautiful garnish.

Who knew? Although gladioli are bland, they can be stuffed, or their petals removed for an interesting salad garnish.

Famously used in hibiscus tea, the vibrant cranberry flavor is tart and can be used sparingly.

Bland and vegetal in flavor, hollyhock blossoms make a showy, edible garnish.

Flowers don’t have much flavor–best as a pretty garnish or for candying.

These super-fragrant blooms are used in tea; you can also use them in sweet dishes, but sparingly.

Adorable and delicious, the flowers have a subtle mint flavor great for salads, pastas, fruit dishes, and drinks.

Sweet, spicy, and perfumed, the flowers are a great addition to both savory and sweet dishes.

Related: 15 Drought-Tolerant Perennials

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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11:41AM PDT on Apr 10, 2015

Ute, would goats agree with you?

11:30AM PDT on Apr 10, 2015


11:20PM PDT on May 8, 2013

Always check to see if they are edible! Nasturtiums are so nice to float them on a plate or put in a salad! All these will draw butterflies and birds and bees! Thank You

1:59AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013


1:33PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

WOW i never knew there were so many...thanks very much for the great info.

1:15PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013


11:11AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Interesting and informative.

3:25PM PDT on May 27, 2012

This article reminds me of my dad always saying that he'd rather plant something he could eat instead of flowers lol

5:20PM PDT on May 24, 2012


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