Have you ever eaten a flower? I distinctly remember the first time I ate one. I was probably in elementary school and my father served some sugar-dusted, sweet rose petals as a desert. At the time, I thought he was crazy, but it definitely made an impression! It also probably planted the seed for my love of gardening and herbology.
Since then, I’ve had a range of culinary experiences with flowers. I’ve enjoyed tasty drinks made with flowers, such as chamomile tea, red wine with rose essential oil, lavender lemonade, and hibiscus tea. I’ve also added borage and pansy flowers as a special garnish on cakes and tossed in nasturium flowers to salads. In addition, I’ve taken pleasure in eating rose jam and rose-water infused baklava. In spite of all these floral adventures, I realized my experience with actually eating flowers in entrées is rather limited.
So, I wanted to find some great resources for how to select and cook with edible flowers, especially since a recent study showed how eating certain kinds can prevent chronic disease and promote health as I discussed in this recent post. I not only found some helpful articles and books and delicious recipes, but along the way I discovered edible flower seed suppliers and growers! Read on to get started on your journey to cooking with edible flowers.
Articles & Books About Edible Flowers
I found this article by What’s Cooking America helpful, because it talks about how to choose edible flowers and also has an edible flower chart. Another great article was this one featuring edible flower tips and hints, which mentions how asthmatics should avoid some flowers.
Good books I found on the subject were:
- The Edible Flower Garden: From Garden To Kitchen: Choosing, Growing And Cooking Edible Flowers
- Edible Flowers: From Garden to Palate
- The Edible Flower Garden (Edible Garden Series)
Edible Flower Recipes
It’s amazing how many great recipes you can find on the internet, but here are a sampling of some that not only look pretty, but I thought sounded delicious. They all use common flowers that you should be able to get from your own garden, special order (see last section below), or buy in the marketplace (e.g., squash blossoms, hibiscus flowers, dried lavender). Don’t they sound tasty?
- Arugula and Roasted Pear Salad with Calendula Blossoms
- Baked Stuffed Squash Blossoms
- Blueberry Lavender Pie
- Eat Your Flowers! Chive Flower Omelet
- Eat Your Garden Salad
- Flower and Herb Jellies
- Grilled Salmon with Nasturtium Vinaigrette
- Hibiscus Tea
- Lemon-Thyme Pound Cake Recipe
- Spring Bouquet Popsicles
- Strawberry Rhubarb Jam with Rose Water
- Sugared Pansies
- Sweet Wine Lavender Cookies
- Tuna, Asparagus, and New Potato Salad with Chive Vinaigrette and Fried Capers
- Wine Glazed Brie with Flower Petal Mosaic
Planting Edible Flowers
Planting your own edible flower seeds is fun and ensures that the flowers are fresh and organic — which most likely translates to a higher antioxidant value.
Aside from browsing through your local garden center, you can also shop online. There are many options on Amazon, such as the “Cooks and Gardeners” Edible Flowers to Grow and Eat Seed Packets by Botanical Interests (1st photo below) and this Edible Flower Mix of 12 Varieties (500 Seeds) (2nd photo below).
Ordering Fresh Edible Flowers
Just as you can order a flower bouquet, you can also order some fresh edible blooms! Melissa’s and For the Gourmet sell assorted flowers that would be great if you plan on cooking a flower feast for a special occasion, such as a bridal shower. But you do get quite a few, so you may want to share them with friends!
Well, what do you think? Do you plan on cooking with flowers? Please feel free to share any great recipes you may have.
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