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.


wael a.
wael a4 years ago

thank you

Ingo Schreiner
Ingo Schreiner4 years ago


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T4 years ago

Good ideas, thank you

Lydia Weissmuller Price

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

Roks P.
Keira L4 years ago

Unusual and wonderful.

Sharon Nevils
Sharon Nevils4 years ago

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

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga4 years ago


Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

Pretty pictures! Thanks 4 these ideas.

Val M.
Val M4 years ago