Flowers You Can Eat!


Flowers aren’t just pretty to look at; some of them are edible! There are so many varieties to choose from. Here are a few flowers that to get your taste buds started:

Begonia begonia

The whole plant is edible, including the leaves, flowers and stem.  Begonia blossoms have a citrusy taste. The petals can be used in salads and as garnish. The stems can be cooked like rhubarb. However, for those people who have gout, kidney stones or rheumatism, they should avoid eating begonias because they contain oxalic acid.

Carnationscarnation

Carnations taste spicy, peppery and clove-like. They can be used to add flavour to wine, jellies and candies. Carnation petals are also used in Chartreuse, a French liquor. Be sure to remove the petals from the bitter white base.

Day Lily

This flower tastes slightly sweet and crunchy like lettuce. The flavour is a cross between asparagus and zucchini.  The petals can be used in desserts and salads.  Just be sure to cut away from the bitter white base of the flower.  Please note that not all lilies are edible; many contain alkaloids. As well, day lilies can act as a diuretic or laxative. Eat in moderation.

Hibiscus Hibiscus  rosa-sinensis L.

Hibiscus tastes slightly acidic and citrusy, which is perfect for beverages. Hibiscus tea is a popular beverage in countries, such as Jamaica, Mexico and Cambodia.  This tropical flower can also be eaten raw, cooked or made into pickles. Dried hibiscus is a delicacy in Mexico.  And as a bonus, hibiscus contains vitamin C.

So as you can see, these edible flowers are versatile and worth trying. But as a word of caution, make sure the flowers you eat are safe, pesticide-free and clean. It’s best to grow your own or buy them from a trusted organic market.

About Lesley Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it's winter most of the time, the growing season is way too short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter! I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, especially if you're lucky enough to live in a warm climate and can grow flowers all year long. I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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