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4 Ways to Eat Your Flowers

4 Ways to Eat Your Flowers

As many of our favorite flowers blossom, we’re planning to incorporate the edible varieties into our menus.  Here are four favorite recipes to add a bit of color and flora to your fare:

Above: Of the rose petal honey she creates, Gardenista contributor Maria describes the flavor as “sensual, sublime, exotic.” Virtually all roses are safe to eat, but Maria recommends using organically grown varieties. Visit DIY: Rose Petal Honey to learn how to make your own.

Above: Photograph by Kendra Wilson.

Above: One of Gardenista contributor Kendra’s favorite salad ingredients is nasturtium petals, which add color and a bit of spice to lettuces and other vegetables. Here, her spring mix is ready to be served.

Above: The ultimate hot weather refresher? A homemade honeydew melon or avocado lime popsicle. Relying on fresh fruit for sweetness, these treats are healthier than many store-bought versions. For the complete recipe and more flavors, see DIY: Spa Popsicles.

Photograph by Erin Boyle.

Above: The viola on top. A delight to both look at and taste, these flowers make for the perfect sugared treat to add to sweets. Follow these easy directions to create your own.

And upon summer’s arrival, here is a refreshing Hibiscus Thirst Quencher to try.

Did we miss your favorite? Let us know what flower you love to eat in the comments section below.

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4:16PM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

thank you

6:38AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013


4:21AM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Good ideas, thank you

8:07AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

Flowers are so beautiful, but I would rather leave them outside for the bees and butterflies.

11:49PM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

Unusual and wonderful.

9:13AM PDT on May 31, 2013

hmmmm ............. looks tasty ............. love a slice of that cake :)'

11:16PM PDT on May 22, 2013


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7:22AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Pretty pictures! Thanks 4 these ideas.

3:17AM PDT on May 22, 2013


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