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Edible Flowers: Recipes & Uses

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Edible flowers are a pretty & useful addition to your garden

There are many recipes for edible flowers or home care products. These flowers are also excellent for companion planting. You can also forage for these flowers, but if you have garden, I highly recommend growing them. Many of these edible flowers can also be grown in containers.

Why should you harvest and use these flowers?

Flowers are pretty to use and infuse, here are some great ways to use them. Many of these edible flowers are also medicinal flowers.

Learn edible flowers for cakes at Design, Love, Feast

Edible flowers can be used for:

  • 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 frozen into ice cubes with white wine

Tutorial from Home is where the boat is 


Some tips on consuming edible flowers:

  • 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

Here are some common edible flowers, recipes + uses

Edible flowers & recipes in this post:

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

I’ll also list medicinal flowers and other edible flowers you can eat

Nasturtiums

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 edibleNasturtium recipes

Goat Cheese with Nasturtium and Arugula Flowers

Calendula

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.

Calendula flower recipes

How to dry calendula flowers and make calendula oil

Dandelions

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

Dandelion recipes

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

Gorgeous elderflower chiffon cake from Honestly Yum

Borage

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

You can freeze borage into pretty ice cubes

Wild Rose Petals

Wild rose petal recipes

We have a lot of wild roses that grow in this area, and roses can be made into lots of wonderful homemade body products. You can make all these great rose recipes from any rose petals though, not just wild roses.

Chives

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 from a Canadian Foodie

Using chive flowers 

Chive compound butter from Ciao Florentina

lilac flower recipes

Spring Lilac

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 cake Angelic Kin

How to use Lilac flowers

Jam made with violets from Every Cake you Bake

Violets

How to use Violets

Other great edible flowers

Medicinal flowers

I’ve discussed how to plant a medicinal herb garden before, but here are some medicinal flowers:

  • Calendula
  • Yarrow
  • Echinacea
  • St Johns Wort
  • Chamomille (Learn how to grow a tea garden)
  • Feverfew
  • Lavender
  • Dandelions
  • Red clover
  • Bee Balm
  • Elderflowers

Edible flowers + ways to use them

What is your favorite edible flower to grow and use?

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Comments

  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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