While it’s common knowledge that nasturtium flowers can be added to a salad, did you know that there are some twenty-five common flowers, vegetables, herbs and wildflowers that can be used in the same way? And it’s not just for use in salads. Various plants can be baked or fried and even candied for use in desserts. This list of twenty-five edible flowers comes from an article which I found on the gardening Channel.
Harvesting and Preparing Edible Flowers
Choose your flowers carefully. Make sure that you?ve identified your plants correctly. Don?t eat flowers from plants that you?ve treated with pesticides or fertilizers that aren?t food safe. Some Extension sources recommend not eating flowers from plants, which have been exposed to untreated animal manure in the past 4 months.
If you have hay fever, asthma or allergies you may wish to avoid eating flowers because of their pollen content. You might use only petals rather than whole flowers in order to avoid pollen, which can also alter the taste of the flower.
Taste-test your flowers before picking them in quantity. Use only flowers at their peak (or buds, for some varieties). Pick in the cool of the day, after dew has evaporated. Use flowers on the day when you pick them, as soon after picking as possible. Between harvest and use place short-stemmed flowers in a paper bag with a damp paper towel and store them in the refrigerator; keep long-stemmed flowers in a container of water. Flowers can also be dried and stored in airtight containers for later use.
Meals with Edible Flowers
Herb flowers can be used like any other parts of the herb in cooking, or used as garnishes or to flavor cold drinks. Violets are also used for drink flavoring. Herb flowers and hibiscus make appealing teas.
Flowers for eating raw, solo or in salads, include arugula, calendula, chicory, dandelions, daylilies, radish blossoms, scarlet runner bean blossoms and violets.
You can bread and fry daylily buds or squash blossoms. Squash blossoms may also be stuffed with cheeses and seasonings and baked or fried.
See more including the list of 25 edible flowers at the Gardening Channel