Edible Flowers

Most flowers taste like their scent, with a slight sweetness, but do you know which flowers are safe to use with food?

You may have seen pretty flowers used as a garnish or mixed with baby lettuces in a spring salad, but have you ever wondered which flowers are safe to use with food and which should be avoided?

Edible flowers from your own organic garden (or that of someone you trust) are a fine choice, as are those that come packaged in the fresh-herb section of the supermarket. However, never eat flowers from a florist, a nursery, or a garden shop. The same rule applies to flowers you find growing along a road or in a park.

You'll want to be certain that the flowers you use with food have not been sprayed with herbicides or chemically treated. And make sure the flowers are edible even if you use them only as a garnish.

See the list of edible flowers below.

  • Apple blossoms
  • Bee balm
  • Carnations
  • Chamomile
  • Chive flowers
  • Dianthus
  • Geranium leaves
  • Hollyhocks
  • Impatiens
  • Lavender
  • Lilacs
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pansies
  • Rose petals
  • Sage blossoms
  • Snapdragons
  • Violets

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