Grow a variety of edible flowers in your own garden (just skip the toxic sprays, pesticides, or fertilizers) or order them from dealers who ship them straight to your door in clamshell packages. Before going all in, however, sample a petal or two since some flowers can err on the bitter side.
If the flavors get your seal of approval, try freezing them in ice cubes for the prettiest cocktails around—or incorporate them into one of the showy recipes ahead.
Spring desserts don't get any easier (or prettier!) than this five-ingredient viola candy bark. Just melt down chocolate, candy coating, and shortening, then stir in lavender oil. Spread onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with viola petals.
Made of meringue and topped with fruit and cream, Pavlova is the perfect light dessert. This particular version features mango, strawberries, and edible rose petals.
Mix up your mason jar morning meal by sprinkling a few edible violas on top of your fruit, yogurt, and granola parfait.
Nasturtiums are edible annuals. Their unique flavor is amplified here with the help of a savory goat cheese spread. This impressive appetizer is super easy to make: Just mix together ingredients, roll into balls, and place inside a fresh nasturtium blossom.
These "flowers" may be made from cake and frosting, but they're too cute not to share! Decorate cupcakes with different frosting tips, then arrange on a foam ball using toothpicks.
For a simple yet oh-so-showy dessert, pipe a mixture of whipped cream and lemon curd on top of storebought merinuge shells. Finish with an edible pansy or two.
Dried hibiscus flowers take this gelato to the next level. Start by choosing your melon—cantaloupe or watermelon—then add in the rest of the ingredients, including orange peel, sugar, and whipping cream. The result is a creamy dessert perfect for a warm night.
Dress up regular or sparkling water with fresh flowers. The petals not only give the water a delicate floral flavor but also create a stunning centerpiece when served in a clear container.
Our favorite meal (brunch!) just got more beautiful with the addition of these dainty tea sandwiches. Chopped viola petals and fresh herbs add a subtle floral flavor to cream cheese.
Fresh asparagus gets smothered in a fresh lemon sauce that's reminiscent of hollandaise, and it only calls for six ingredients. A sprinkle of edible flowers or fresh herbs further confirms this dish's place at your dinner table.
Sick of the same old jam? Add a new flavor to your morning roundup with this rhubarb and rose petal jam. You only need five ingredients and a bit of patience—the whole process takes about an hour and a half.
Don't be deceived by the pretty petals. These cookies look sweet, but they have a hidden secret: Crushed pink peppercorns mixed into the dough give this shortbread recipe extra bite.
Fresh herb flowers get plated with mixed greens, veggies, and sage in this flavorful salad. A made-from-scratch apple cider vinaigrette completes the appetizer.
Need a quick fix for an ugly store-bought cake? Place fresh flowers on top! Use edible flowers like pansies, roses, or violets. Or top with nonedible flowers and remove before serving.
A boring cake mix gets a boost with marigold petals and leaves. Plus, the cupcakes' tiny size makes them a perfect addition to an afternoon tea party.
These wow-worthy cookies are all wrapped up and ready for gift-giving. Rose water and finely snipped rose petals give them a fragrant flavor, and the scalloped edges and candies are a perfect decorative finish.
You control the taste of this flavorful jelly. Choose your favorite combination of fresh herb sprigs and edible flower petals, then mix with apple juice, lemon juice, pectin, and sugar.
Fill zucchini, squash, or pumpkin blossoms with herbed semisoft cheese (a goat cheese would work wonderfully!). In a medium-sized bowl, add 1 cup of flour and a pinch of salt, then stir in enough seltzer water to make the batter the same consistency as pancake batter. Dip the stuffed blossoms in the batter and fry lightly in hot oil until golden brown.