Edible Flower Recipes

There are many recipes for edible flowers and these flowers are also excellent for companion planting.

You can also forage for these flowers, but if you have a garden, I highly recommend growing them. Many of these edible flowers can also be grown in containers. Edible flowers are a pretty and useful addition to your garden.

Flowers are pretty to use and infuse, here are some great ways to use them.

Cake With Edible Flowers
Learn edible flowers for cakes at Design, Love, Feast

Edible flowers uses:

  • Cake decoration
  • Homemade beauty & body care products
  • Medicinal flowers can be made into homemade medicine
  • Flowers for salad & cuisine
  • Certain edible flowers can be make into syrups
  • Flower wines
  • Infused into oils or vinegar
  • Frozen into ice cubes
Edible Flowers In Ice Cubes
Edible flowers frozen into ice cubes with white wine

Edible flowers & recipes in this post:

  • Nasturtiums
  • Calendula
  • Dandelions
  • Elderflowers
  • Chives
  • Roses
  • Borage
  • Violets
  • Lilacs

Nasturtium Edible Flower Recipes

Edible flowers- Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are pretty, they come in many colors and grow in two ways: trailing and vining nasturtiums and compact plants.

They make excellent companion planting flowers.  Check them over for aphids before you harvest them as they deter them from your crops.

I love growing nasturtiums as a flower border.

Edible flower border in a veggie garden

Nasturtium flowers have a slight peppery taste to them.

The leaves and seeds of nasturtiums are also edible.Tomato and Nasturtium Salad With Elderflower DressingNasturtium recipes

Nasturtium Flower Butter

Goat Cheese with Nasturtium and Arugula Flowers
Goat Cheese with Nasturtium and Arugula Flowers

Beautiful Calendula Flowers

Calendula is one of my favorite edible flowers for food and medicine

This cheerful flowering edible flower blooms all summer and even after light frosts. The more you pick, the more flowers grow. Learn how to harvest and dry the petals to make calendula oil. This flower is very easy to grow and usually self-sows.

Yellow Calendula Flower Up-close

Edible Calendula Flower Recipes

Edible Dandelion Flower Recipes

Most people know what dandelions are, however many consider it a weed. There’s been a movement towards appreciating dandelions because the root, leaves and flowers are edible and can be used. Because dandelions grow anywhere and everywhere be extra cautious they haven’t been sprayed with chemicals before using them.

We dry dandelion petals and infuse into an oil to make salves.Dandelions Flower Cookies

Elderflowers In The Garden

Elderflowers smell so lovely in the spring and elderberries are prized for cold and flu season

This flower blooms in the spring and later in the season elderflowers become elderberries. Every fall we make elderberry syrup and freeze elderberries, we’ve even made elderberry wine.

Elderflowers make a lovely syrup which can be used to create spritzer drinks

Yummy Elderflower Syrup

Elderflower Soda

Gorgeous Elderflower Chiffon Cake
Gorgeous elderflower chiffon cake from Honestly Yum

Borage Edible Flower Recipes

Borage edible flowers

Borage has a mild cucumber taste and beautiful fuzzy flowers. The bees love them!

Love & Olive Oil shows you how to make candied Borage flower fairy cakes

Borage Flower Fairy Cakes

You can freeze borage into pretty ice cubes.

Frozen Borage Into Ice Cubes

Wild Rose Petal Edible Flower Recipes

Wild rose petal recipes

We have a lot of wild roses that grow in this area, and there are a lot of wild rose recipes for wonderful homemade body products. You can make all these great rose recipes from rose petals, too, not just wild roses.

Chive Edible Flower Recipes

Edible flowers- chives

Chives are a pretty spring blooming flower and our kids like to pretend they’re fairy wands.

Because it’s common for the green part of chives to be eaten, the flowers are often discarded. However, the flowers are edible too! Chives taste onion like, although you can also get the white flowered garlic chives. Enjoy the flowers in a salad the way you would add greens chives. Although you can leave the flowers whole in a salad, I prefer them broken up into smaller pieces as they’re easier to eat.

They make a great food topping to brighten up any dish.

Chive Blossom Vinegar
Chive blossom vinegar from a Canadian Foodie

Edible Chive Flower Recipes

Chive Compound Butter
Chive compound butter from Ciao Florentina

lilac flower recipes

Lilac is a very fragrant flower, you might be surprised to find out it’s edible. This flower blooms in the spring, and makes a great lilac hedge.

Lilac Cream Flower
Lilac cream flower cake Angelic Kin

Lilac Edible Flower Recipes

Violet Jam
Jam made with violets from Every Cake you Bake

Edible Violet Flower Recipes

How to use Violets

Sweet Violet Syrup

More Great Edible Flowers

  • Basil flowers
  • Sage flowers
  • Hibiscus
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Lavender
  • Squash blossoms (commonly made into flower fritters)
  • Bachelor Buttons/Cornflowers


Tutorial from Home is where the boat is 

Edible Flower Recipe Tips

  • Make sure the edible flowers haven’t been sprayed
  • Make sure you have correctly identified the flower
  • Check over the flowers for bugs or damages
  • Use edible flowers quickly after harvesting as they lose their freshness rapidly

What is your favorite edible flower to grow and use?

2 thoughts on “Edible Flower Recipes”

  1. wow!! The article was not only informative but so visually appealing. I had no idea that there were so many flowers that can be used as foods. Would try flower ice-cubes to start with and beat the heat.


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