What Flowers Can I Eat?
DO NOT EAT ANYTHING UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN IT IS SAFE. IF IN DOUBT LEARN WITH AN EXPERIENCED PERSON.
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Day Lilies (Hemerocallis species)
English Daisy (Bellis perennis)
Hyacinth (Brodiaea douglasii) – Only the Wild Hyacinth (Brodiaea douglasii) bulbs are edible
Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana)
Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia – aka T. signata)
Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus)
Pansy (Viola X wittrockiana)
Peony (Paeonia lactiflora)
Perrennial Phlox (Phlox paniculata) – It is the perennial phlox, NOT the annual, that is edible. It is the high-growing (taller) and not the low-growing (creeping) phlox that grows from 3 to 4 feet tall. Slightly spicy taste. Great in fruit salads.
Pineapple Guave (Feijoa sellowians)
Primrose (Primula vulgaris) – Also know as Cowslip.
Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota)
Roses (Rosa rugosa or R. gallica officinalis)
Scented Geraniums (Pelargonium species)
Snap Dragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Sunflower (Helianthus annus)
Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)
Tulip Petals (Tulipa)
Apple Blossoms (Malus species)
Banana Blossoms (Musa paradisiaca)
Citrus Blossoms (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat)
Elderberry Blossoms (Sambucus nigra)
Herb Flowers: Most herb flowers are just as tasty as the foliage and very attractive when used in your salads. Add some petals to any dish you were already going to flavor with the herb.
Anise (Agastache foeniculum)
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)
Savory (Satureja hortensis)
Did you know that broccoli, cauliflower, and globe artichokes are all flowers?
Also the spice saffron is the stamen from the crocus flower.
Capers are unopened flower buds to a bush native in the Mediterranean and Asian nations. The general rule is that the flowers of most vegetables and herbs are safe to eat. Always check first, because as with anything in life, there will always be exceptions.
Arugula (Eruca vesicaria) – Also called garden rocket Artichoke (Cynara scolymus)
Corn Shoots (Zea mays) – Corn shoots may be eaten when they resemble large blades of grass with a strong sweet corn flavour
Mustard (Brassica species)
Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)
Pak Choi (Brassica chinensis)
Pea Blossoms (Pisum species)
Radish Flowers (Raphanus sativus)
Scarlet Runner Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) – Have brilliant red blooms that are very tasty and can be served as a garnish for soups, in salads.
Squash Blossoms (Curcubita pepo) – Squash and pumpkin blossoms are edible and taste mildly of raw squash.
NOTE: Avoid – the flowers of tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers and asparagus.