Your summer dinner meal just got more colorful with floral foods, flowers you can eat. Discover 21 edible flowers you can grow in your own garden to add color to meal dishes, salads, cakes, teas and so much more.
What Are Edible Flowers
Edible floral are garden flowers and market flowers you can eat. These can be as common everyday as pansies and roses or more summer garden related with nasturtiums or borage flowers. Edible floral is great way to add color and enchantment to your dish.
Which Flowers Are Edible
When it comes to which garden flowers are edible do your research and ask questions. Or buy them from a reputable farmers market or grow your own. Below you will find a list of 21 popular flowers that are edible you can add to your cottage garden.
What Do Edible Flowers Taste Like
Edible floral is light and honey sweet. Sometimes resembling a cucumber in flavor. I love what Danielle LaPorte said once on social media “I eat flowers on the daily. Keeps my heart soft, my attention grateful.” I love this. Edible flowers are grounding, romantic and beautiful.
Flowers For Garnish
Adding floral to wedding cakes and to baby shower cupcakes has become a common request.
Flowers That Taste Good
Edible floral has a delicate sweet flavor. Nasturtiums and rose pedals add sweetness to salads. Squash flowers filled with cream cheese and herbs for a Keto style dinner.
When collecting edible flowers please ensure you know what you are picking. Purchase from a reputable grower or grow your own to ensure your safety.
List Of Edible Flowers
We have compiled a list of 21 flowers you can eat, savor and enjoy. Sample, try, experiment, expand your palate add them to your garden. Most of all enjoy. Food is better when shared.
Flowers You Can Eat
Violet is a common spring flower used to decorate cheeses, pastries and salads. It has a mild wintergreen flavor.
Hollyhocks are a cottage garden staple. These big beautifully colored flowers don’t have much of a flavor. They display well on a dessert or salad. Hollyhocks are used to treat inflammation and digestive issues.
Mint Flowers are a great addition to your summer drinks. Be it a mojito or a sweet tea. Floral adds a sweetness and minty accent to the drink. We dry our mint leaves and mint floral for tea.
Edible Flowers Food
Echinacea is a beautiful purple flower known to help ward off cold season. This flower can be added to tea or the pedals can be used as decorations or added to salads or soups.
Honeysuckle flowers are edible. Not the seeds or leaves. The flowers like their name have a mild honey aroma.
Cilantro flowers are edible just like cilantro leaves you commonly eat in Mexican dishes. The floral has a mild citrus flavor and can be added to dishes the same as the leaves.
Decorative Edible Flowers
Marigolds are a common garden flower with a purpose. Marigolds help ward off bad garden bugs and encourage bees to pollinate. The pedals of marigolds flowers have been added to eastern cooking for years. The bright orange looks great on salad.
Calendula is a beautiful orange flower with a peppery taste. Usually added to salads and soups.
Cornflowers you will find in salads, teas, as a decoration to dishes and in expensive drinks. This beautiful blue flower is a great addition to the garden.
Lavender is one of my favorite culinary flowers. It’s a great pollinator flower. Smells amazing, grows well and can be used in foods, teas and natural products. Lemon lavender ice cream is an amazing summer treat.
Saffron is a culinary spice derived from the Crocus sativus and used in middle eastern cooking. It is quite expensive. Full of flavor, high in antioxidants and great for the libido.
Chive Flowers aren’t commonly used. I grew up picking them off and composting them. You can add them to salads or use them to flavor salad dressing. The have a mild chive flavor.
Daylily is a common edible yard flower and quite beautiful. It is crunchy and honeysuckle sweet.
Nasturtium flowers come in a full range of colors. I love, love nasturtiums they are great in tea and on salad they have a cucumber flavor and are very high in vitamin C. You can pick them right off the vine and eat them.
Clover is a flower that brings back childhood memories of picking the pedals and sucking out the sweet nectar. Today make sure the lawn area or clovers haven’t been treated with anything.
Summer Edible Flowers
Dandelions are a common everyday lawn weed. They can be eaten, used to make wine, used in tea and added to salad.
Squash Flowers are an amazing addition to the summer table. They can be baked, fried, stuffed and eaten raw. I think my favorite recipe is a herbed cream cheese filling served like cannelloni.
Roses are a common garden flower and they can be used in teas, added to salad or included in eastern recipes. Roses of any type can be dried and added to teas. Ensure the pedals haven’t been treated with chemicals.
Edible Flowers For Teas
Borage flowers are a cottage gardeners dream. The flowers are popular with pollinators. The flowers and leaves can be used in teas to treat colds or added to salads.
Bee Balm is one flower we added to the cottage garden this year. It’s beautiful magenta pink flower attracts bees. It has a mild earl grey flavor and can be added to teas or desserts. The bright pink pedals will add a pink tone to where ever it is used.
Yarrow is used in teas to treat woman’s issues and cold symptoms. Generally grown in cottage gardens, but it can be found growing road side. It comes in white, light pink or light green tiny flowers in big clusters. A beautiful pollinator flower.