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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.

Clover
Flowers are sweet with a hint of licorice.

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

Dill
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!

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

Fuchsia
Tangy fuchsia flowers make a beautiful garnish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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11:20PM 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

Thanks

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

dzięki

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

thanks

7:01PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Jasmine is toxic in bigger amount-- stop by 5! Red Clover and clover contains plant hormones, that can bring disorder to male and female fertility. Chrysantemes make allergies, are a little toxic. But what about roses petals? Thats great with sugar for decoration or in green salads or in tea. Be sure there are no pesticides used on the flowers you eat..

1:27AM PDT on May 2, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

10:41AM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

.Interesting, thank you for sharing :))

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