25 Edible Flowers You Need to Know About

There are nearly 50 types of edible flowers that you can eat, but the best part is that you can also grow them in your backyard. Here are some of the edible flowers you might want to try in your recipes.

  1. Arugula Blossoms taste lighter than the arugula leaves and can be used for dishes like scrambled eggs and pesto.
  2. Basil Blossoms can be used for making tea and usually has a lighter taste than the basil leaves. They can also be made into vinegar and oil.
  3. Marigold or Calendula can be dried and used for omelet, bread, and casseroles as a better and cheaper substitute for saffron.
  4. Anise Hyssop can be used to make tea or as an ingredient for pie, ice cream, and salad
  5. Carnation or Dianthus can be steeped in wine or made into candies and edible cake decorations. Did you also know that carnation is used to make chartreuse?

  1. Chamomile flowers are steeped to make tea, but they’re also good for cocktails, scallops, spring salad, and ice cream.
  2. Chicory buds or petals are usually pickled and are known for the slight bitter taste.
  3. Chrysanthemum is blanched and used in salads, but they can also be used as seasoning and stir-fry ingredient.
  4. Clover has medicinal qualities that make it an ideal ingredient to make tea. They also make great addition to salads.
  5. Dandelion can be consumed raw as long as you pick those flowers growing closest to the ground. Some can be steamed to make salads or made into wine.

  1. Fuchsia are used mainly as garnish for food because of the slight acidic taste.
  2. Gladiolus can be substituted for lettuce and will complement savory or sweet mousse and spread. Gladiolus can be cooked, too, or tossed in salads.
  3. Hibiscus is dried to make tea or tossed as a garnish in salads.
  4. Impatiens are known for their slightly sweet taste which make them ideal for garnishing drinks and salads.
  5. Jasmine flowers are used to add aroma to tea.

  1. Lavender is sweet and has slightly citrus notes, which make them ideal as garnishing for cakes, ice cream, champagne, stews, custards, and flans.
  2. Lemon Verbena is steeped to make tea, but the flowers can also be used to make flavored flan and custard.
  3. Lilac has a slightly bitter taste which make then ideal for salads.
  4. Nasturtium is one of the most common edible flowers you can buy in the market and may be used for dishes with cheese. They are also popular as salads, sandwiches, and appetizers.
  5. Pansy, especially the petals, have a mild taste which make them ideal as toppings for fruit salads, desserts, and soups.

  1. Radish flowers have a slightly spicy flavor and are used for salads and sautéed recipes.
  2. Rose petals can be used to make a variety of desserts, jellies, syrups, spreads, and flavored butters.
  3. Rosemary Flowers are milder than the leaves, that is why they are used as substitute to make subtle flavors for seafood, Mediterranean meat dishes, and dressings.
  4. Squash or Pumpkin Flowers taste just like squash or pumpkin. The blossoms can be substitutes for the squash or pumpkin dishes.
  5. Violets are known for their sweet scent. They can be used as toppings for desserts and cold drinks or as decorations for cakes.

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