Edible flowers are great for any occasion and will give your meal or drink a boost in flavor, color, texture, and scent! They can be used as additions to recipes whether raw, cooked, or dried. Below is more information on six popular flowers that you should consider trying.

Before picking or contacting your local farmer or farmers market to purchase edible flowers, you may want to consider these safety tips.

  • Not all edible flowers are safe to eat.

    • Do not eat flowers that are exposed to pesticides or grown by the roadside.

  • It is recommended to only eat flowers that were grown organically. 

  • Never experiment eating flowers unless you are sure they are harmless.

  • For the best flavor, pick flowers at their peak.

  • Remove stamens and pistils from flowers before consuming.

*** You may want to avoid consuming edible flowers if you have hay fever, asthma, or allergies. 

Borage

 

(Borago officinalis)    

 

o   Borage flowers are star-shaped and come in shades of blue, violet or pink.

o   They have a crisp, cucumber flavor. 

o   They can be used as a garnish in salads, soups, dips or decorations on cakes, pastries, and desserts. They can also be used to float in drinks or freeze in ice cubes. 

Daylilies (Hemerocallis species)    

o   Daylilies come in shades of yellow, orange, red, and pink.

o   These flowers have a sweet taste

o   Daylilies are famous in Asian cuisines. They can be added to salads, soups, desserts, sautéed, fried, or used to float in drinks.      

Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) 

o   Impatiens are available in a variety of colors.  

o   They have a sweet taste.

o   The pedals can be used as a garnish in salads and floated in drinks. The buds can be used in stir-fries. 

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

o   Nasturtium comes in colors of red, yellow, orange, with a round shape.

o   Nasturtium has a peppery taste. 

o   They can be used as a garnish in your favorite salads or wherever a zesty, peppery taste is desired.  

Pansies

 

(Viola x wittrockiana)    

o   Pansies come in a variety of colors such as white, purple, yellow, and blue. 

o  They have a mild wintergreen or floral taste.

o  Pansies can be used in salads, decorating cakes and pastries, and floor in drinks. Their petals can even be used to color butter.

Roses

 

(Rosa species)    

o   Roses come in a variety of colors.

o   Depending on the type of rose, some may have perfumed taste. They range from sweet to peppery in taste. 

o   They can be used as a garnish in salads, cakes, or pastries.