Are you looking to add a colorful and unique twist to a special upcoming meal or party? Consider adding edible flowers to salads, drinks, or desserts. Best of all, you can grow your own and have fresh greens and flowers on hand when you need them.
Some of the easier edible flowers to grow include Pansies & Violas, Lavender, Pinks (Dianthus), Nasturtiums, Marigolds and various types of roses.
Pansies & Violas can have a mild, fresh flavor or a more prominent wintergreen taste depending on the variety and how much you eat. Usually just the petals are eaten, and are especially lovely in salads.
Lavender tastes exactly like it smells: a little bit like evergreen, a little bit like mint, a little bit like rosemary and a little bit like spicy flowers. Lavender is surprisingly peppery, and is excellent in both sweet and savory dishes.
Pinks (Dianthus) have a spicy/sweet, clove-like flavor. Just the petals are eaten.
Nasturtiums have flowers in shades of white, yellow, orange and red and has a watercress and peppery flavor. Excellent with seafood or a colorful pop to open-faced sandwiches.
Marigolds come in yellow, gold, or orange flowers with a tangy, peppery taste. Great for salads both in taste and color.
Roses have a slightly sweet taste. Only consume the petals. Darker colored roses seem to have more flavor. These commonly romantic flowers can help to create beautiful cakes.
This sweet recipe for Floral Lollipops really stuck out to me. What a wonderful sweet favor for a summer wedding or birthday party!
If eating flowers is new for you, please follow these guidelines to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. (Taken from Tree Hugger.com.)
Eating Flowers Safely
So. As lovely as eating flowers can be, it can also be a little … deadly! Not to scare you off or anything. Follow these tips for eating flowers safely:
- Eat flowers you know to be consumable — if you are uncertain, consult a reference book on edible flowers and plants.
- Eat flowers you have grown yourself, or know to be safe for consumption. Flowers from the florist or nursery have probably been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.
- Do not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Both may have been treated with pesticide or herbicide, and roadside flowers may be polluted by car exhaust.
- Eat only the petals, and remove pistils and stamens before eating.
- If you suffer from allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually, as they may exacerbate allergies.
- To keep flowers fresh, place them on moist paper towels and refrigerate in an airtight container. Some will last up to 10 days this way. Ice water can revitalize limp flowers.