I have a question though on the Petunia hybrid picture? Petunias have been used as garnish, but as members of the nightshade family, they are not to be eaten. Kris Heeter from Indiana on June 08, 2012: Great hub. Yarrow’s primary use for our purposes is blossoms to make tea. Knew of a lot of these but surprised by many more. lol. We are most familiar with edible flowers as garnishes or parts of salads. Thanks very much for all of your nice comments! It is always inspiring to see a well thought out and planned hub chocked full with information. As most folks see them only in gardens we’ll call them cultivated though surprisingly they are invasive in Wisconsin. Nasturtium petals can be dropped in roasted red pepper soup to add a spicy peppery taste and a wonderful burst of color. Many flowers were foreign to me until now... voted up as interesting and sharing it across! Learn how your comment data is processed. Lavender is a woody, floral herb originally grown in parts of northern … If I remember correctly Jean Kerr titled one of her humerous books, “Please Don’t Eat The Daisies.” The daisy was Bellis perennis, or the English Daisy but now just called Daisy as it is the common flower of farm and field in North America, and South America. But there are wild ones deep in the mountains. Flower petals are eaten in salads,  remember bitter. And, if you count buds as flowers, they’ve long been a staple in our diets. The mild-tasting flowers are used  in salads or as a garnish. Soon after it was introduced to North Carolina by the French botanist Andre Michaux. And, while it looks just a center blossom with a lot of rays around it, each ray is a separate flower, and every tiny yellow section in the middle is a separate flower. Only the petals of the rose and the rose hips are edible. But it would be interesting to try all the ones listed here. The layout is well-formatted with colorful pics and interesting videos. Also, children under the age of 4 should avoid eating flowers. A native to the Old World it is naturalized in 14 states and Ontario with no apparent reason to the distribution. Schreiber first tasted rose petals in a rose garden in England.

She also cautions not to confuse viola flowers with African violets – which are not edible.

One of her favorites is rose petal because they work well in both sweet and savory foods. Common names: Arugula, rocket, garden rocket, roquette, rucola, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, flavonoids, Common names: Sweet basil, basil, kitchen basil, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium, flavonoids, Common names: Borage, starflower, bee bread, burrage, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, B-complex, flavonoids, Common names: Calendula, pot marigold, garden marigold, common marigold, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, flavonoids, carotenoids, Colors: Pink; red; white; yellow; purple; green, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, vitamin A, Common names: Chamomile, camomile, pineapple weed, scented mayweed, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, potassium, calcium, flavonoids, Common names: Chrysanthemum, mum, crysanth, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, Common names: Coriander, cilantro, dhania, Flavor: Similar to the herb; green flavor people either love or hate, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, potassium, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, B-complex, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, Common names: Dandelion, common dandelion, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, potassium, B-complex, iron, flavonoids, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, calcium, iron, carotenoids, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, potassium, flavonoids, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, vitamin C, flavonoids, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, flavonoids, Common names: Lemon verbena, lemon beebrush, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, flavonoids, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, iron, calcium, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, flavonoids, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, iron, flavonoids, Colors: Yellow; purple; white; pink; red; orange; blue, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, iron, carotenoids, flavonoids, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, B-complex, calcium, Colors: White; yellow; pink; red; orange; purple, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin C, iron, potassium, phosphorus, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin A, vitamin C, B-complex, potassium, carotenoids, Flavor: Green and leafy; better after being lightly steamed, Nutritional benefits: Vitamin E, vitamin C, B-complex, phosphorus. (stumbled upon). Rose petals can be found in ice cream. Aside from the veteran connection, mention Poppy and opium is usually the next topic mentioned. Roses have a rose flavor.”. Young and tender leaves are dipped in cream and fried, often eaten with an orange sugar sauce. Kate P (author) from The North Woods, USA on June 08, 2012: And btw, if you find any good recipes, please share! Lavender adds fresh flavor to baking and cooking.

There are a lot of look-alike plants in nature, and often they are poisonous. Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 30, 2012: I Love all the gorgeous flowers, brilliant pics. African violets are not edible. Deane, not sure if you’ll see this, since it’s an older post but wondering if you can tell me if all yarrow has same edible and medicinal qualities.
Violets, which come in a variety of colors, have a sweet and flowery taste. I have always enjoyed flowers in salads when out at restaurants, but had no idea where to begin in using them in my cooking. Easy to grow, both the flowers and the lovely circle-shaped leaves are enjoyed for their peppery taste and beauty.

It’s called “clary” because the sticky seeds were used to help get small foreign objects out of the eye, to help on see clearly. Multiflora petunias are bushier and have smaller flowers from two to three inches in diameter. Arguably, the most common edible flower is nasturtium. However I did not eat large quantities of this flower.
Grind up dried rose petals in a coffee grinder, combine with pepper and spices, and sprinkle on meats to add unique flavor. The blue one is shown here because experts think if man did not continue to hybridize them only the blue species would continue. They used to be far more common than they are now, paper red poppies around Veterans Day, sold to raise money for disable veterans and the like. Voted up and Socially Shared. From Athens Greece to Athens Georgia, you can find Corn Poppies. Schreiber suggests growing pansies in good-sized containers coupled with lettuces and other herbs. Since we eat with our eyes first, add flowers to your food for added beauty, flavor and fun. Evidence of flower consumption exists back to at least 2000BC in the Middle East. Great photos and videos. Nice! Put them together, mint and oregano and you have the Lesser Calamint. Thanks for sharing it here. Flower buds are eaten in sandwiches, soups and stews, or pickled and used like capers. Thanks for your website, love it!

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