Flowers You Can Eat

The Joyful World of Edible Flowers

Find Out Which Flowers You Can Eat and How to Use Them

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Some incredible cooks have combined their love of flowers you can eat, with baking skills to create some fabulous and beautifully unique cakes. These are truly edible artworks!

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The burst of colour produced by using flowers you can eat in your garnishing, gives a joy that makes your dish exciting. We all know that we eat with our eyes first!

edible flowers for drinks and cocktails

Edible flower garnishes can make a mediocre and boring drink look really special and appealing. Make a drink irresistible by using flowers you can eat for garnishing!

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What Flowers are Edible?

You can’t deny it – there is something special and delightful about flowers you can eat!

When you see a flower on your plate it brings a delight and joy that other garnishes don’t.

Just a quick word of warning, don’t  use flowers sold at supermarkets or general florists  as most will have been grown using chemicals and pesticides that you don’t want in your body.

Also, be careful picking flowers from roadsides that are exposed to vehicle fumes as they could be contaminated with toxic substances.

Where can I Buy Edible Flowers

It’s important to only use flowers that you know have been grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals. For this reason, it’s a great solution if you can grow them yourself.

If you can’t grow the edible flowers yourself, there are an increasing number of organic edible flower farmers that grow blooms specifically for the plate and many take online orders. More and more speciality retail outlets are also stocking flowers you can eat.

Growing Flowers You Can Eat

It’s really important not to eat flowers that haven’t been grown organically. This is for the obvious reason of not wanting to add unwanted chemicals to our diet!

So, the easiest thing to do is to grow your own edible flowers!

If you have a garden, you can have such fun growing flowers you can eat!

You will probably find that you already have some, that you didn’t know where edible.

Growing Flowers You Can Eat in Pots

If you don’t have a garden, then grow some edible flowers in your courtyard or on the balcony. Verbena, Lobelia, pansies, scented geraniums, marigolds, and violets are a few of the many varieties that will very happily grow in a pot or container.

It’s also very satisfying popping out and picking a few blooms to decorate whatever you’re making.

I pick a small posy of flowers and sit them in my fridge during the summer to keep them fresh.

This reminds me to use them every time I open the fridge!

Your Edible Flower Care Guide

Collecting and storing your edible flowers is easy. You just need to be very gentle with them as some will bruise easily.

Pick only the best blooms and avoid those that are going over or too damaged to look good.

Smaller flowers are quite delicate so you will need to handle them carefully.

The flowers will keep in the fridge for a few days before they will start to deteriorate. The best scenario is to use them straight away if possible.

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Which Flowers are Poisonous

As you would know, not all flowers are edible and poisonous flowers are usually beautiful but some are toxic.

It is really important that you do your own research into any flower before choosing to eat it or supplying it to other people. Some can be very toxic and so you will need to be aware of which flowers are safe to eat.

In practice, it usually takes a reasonable amount of ingestion to create severe sickness but its still not safe to have toxic flowers on your plate and are best avoided.

Give Your Food the Wow Factor by Garnishing with Edible Flowers

Make your food look as though it’s just come out of a fancy restaurant!

Your dish can look exquisite by simply placing a flower or adding some petals.

The options are endless for using edible flowers for garnish

Create a Special Drinks Experience with Edible Flowers

Add a bit of decadence to your drinks by using flowers you can eat! 

There are many flowers that will compliment the flavor of spirits in a cocktail, as well as making a simple refreshing soft drink look appetizing and interesting.

Floral ice cubes with little flowers suspended in the middle of the ice cube are becoming very popular. These are easy to do and so very effective in both cocktails, mocktails or any refreshing drink.

Most small flowers look exquisite in ice and will create an enchanting touch to your drink, as the ice melts.

Make Enchanting Cakes Decorated with Edible Flowers

So many cake makers these days are using edible flowers to produce stunning visual effects on their cakes.

I received one of these cakes for my birthday and I was delighted!

It was decorated with vibrant pink cosmos and a variety of other flowers you can eat, such as miniature roses, dianthus and daisies. It was SO beautiful!

There are other options of using flowers for cakes, which will keep a bit longer than fresh flowers.

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What do Edible Flowers Taste like

Here is a guide on what do edible flowers taste like.

Edible flowers have a wide range of flavors, varying from spicy, sweet, tangy, pungent and bitter. So before using make sure you do a taste test!

Many flowers you can eat have a bland or subtle flavor and so can be used in most dishes. Others have a distinct aromatic flavor and so would only enhance certain savoury dishes.

Marigolds for instant are better paired with savoury such as pastas, curries or fish dishes.

Those lovely little pink chive flowers have a distinct oniony flavour and so also go well in savoury dishes where the flavour will give a subtle enhancement.

Flowering herbs such as rosemary, and cilantro or coriander also have strong aromatic flavours. These are wonderful used in dishes where the flavours compliment or traditionally enhance the flavour of the dish.

Flowers such as violas, violets or pentas do not have a strong taste and so can be used to decorate any dish.

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Benefits of Eating Flowers

Apart from their visual appeal, many edible flowers have additional nutritious properties. Flowers such as roses, violets and calendulas are rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, folate and potassium.

Many flowers you can eat also have medicinal properties and are often used in natural remedies. Echinacea is well known for boosting immunity and Hibiscus also has high levels of flavonoids and nutrients. Flavonoids have powerful antioxidant properties which are used in helping with symptoms of inflammation, reducing blood pressure and improving heart health.

Although the nutritious value varies widely, it’s good to know that the flowers you are consuming do have a positive effect on your body (not only on your eyes!).

Edible flowers are a versatile and nutritious addition to your plate, which will add a burst of colour and in some cases flavour to your dish.

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