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The BEST Edible Flowers to Grow

Growing Edible Flowers can be a wonderful and rewarding experience for novice and seasoned gardeners. These vibrant blooms add a burst of color to your garden and offer a culinary dimension to your meals.

If you’re looking for more ideas for the garden, the 35 Best Cottage Flowers to Grow and How to Create a Tea Garden will help you on your gardening journey.

The Best Guide to Edible Flowers - Salad with Edible Flowers
The Best Guide to Edible Flowers

From the delicate petals of nasturtiums, with their peppery taste, to the sweet and aromatic lavender buds, there is a wide variety of edible flowers to choose from.

To successfully cultivate these floral delicacies, ensuring the plants have the right amount of sun and well-draining soil will help you grow flowers successfully.

Choosing flowers you can grow without pesticides is also an important part of an edible garden.

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Here are the Best Edible Flowers to Grow

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Edible Flower Garden - Chamomile
Edible Flower Garden – Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile flowers are renowned for their soothing properties in herbal teas. They have an apple-like flavor and are used to make chamomile tea, known for its calming effects. These beautiful flowers are also a perfect choice to decorate cakes and pastries.

Chive Blossoms (Allium schoenoprasum)

Edible Flowers – Chive Flowers

Chive blossoms have a mild onion flavor, making them an excellent garnish for savory dishes. They are the perfect addition salads, omelets, or as a flavorful addition to compound butter.

Dandelions (Taraxacum)

Edible Flowers - Dandelions
Edible Flowers – Dandelions

Dandelions are a common backyard edible with a slightly bitter taste. You can add them to salads and to make dandelion wine. Dandelion petals are also fried to create a unique, crispy snack.

Elderflowers (Sambucus nigra)

Edible Flowers - Elderflowers
Edible Flowers – Elderflowers

Elderflowers have a delicate, floral flavor and are used to make elderflower cordial, syrups, and sparkling beverages like elderflower champagne. They are also popular in fritters and desserts.

Lavender (Lavandula)

Edible Flowers - Lavender
Edible Flowers – Lavender

Lavender is used in culinary applications to infuse dishes with a subtle floral flavor and is known for its fragrant, calming scent.

It pairs wonderfully with sweets like cookies and cakes, and lavender’s purple buds will make a soothing tea when steeped.

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

Edible Garden Flowers - Lilacs
Edible Garden Flowers – Lilacs

Lilac flowers have a mild, lemony taste and add a subtle floral note to salads and desserts. The blossoms also make lilac-flavored syrups and jellies.

Marigolds or Calendula (Tagetes erecta)

Edible Flowers - Marigolds
Edible Flowers – Marigolds

Marigold petals are known for their earthy and slightly citrusy flavor. They are commonly used in soups, salads, and as a colorful addition to rice dishes.

Calendula petals also have potential medicinal properties and are used in herbal medicines.

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Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus)

Edible Flowers - Nasturtium Flowers
Edible Flowers – Nasturtium Flowers

Nasturtiums have vibrant, peppery blossoms adding a zesty kick to salads and savory dishes. They come in various colors, from fiery oranges to rich yellows, making them a flavorful and visually appealing choice for garnishes.

Rose Petals (Rosa rubiginosa)

Edible Flowers - Rose Petals
Edible Flowers – Rose Petals

Delicate and sweet, rose petals have been used for centuries to enhance the flavor and appearance of food and beverages. They are often used in desserts, like rose-petal jam, or crystallized for cake decorations.

31 Secrets to Growing Roses

Violas (genus Viola)

Edible Flowers - Making Candied Violas
Edible Flowers – Making Candied Violas

Violas have a sweet, floral taste and are often used to garnish desserts and salads. Their striking purple, blue, or white petals make them a favorite choice for decorative touches on cakes and pastries.

10 Tips on Growing Violas

What to do with Edible Flowers

  • Create a vibrant salad with a mix of colorful blooms like nasturiums, pansies, and violets.
Edible Flower Garden - Lavender Honey
Edible Flower Garden – Lavender Honey
  • Infuse honey with edible flowers like lavender or rose petals for a unique sweetener.
Edible Flowers - Floral Ice Cubes
Edible Flowers – Floral Ice Cubes
  • Make floral ice cubes by placing small edible flowers in an ice tray, adding a touch of elegance to your drinks.
Edible Flowers - Chamomile Tea
Edible Flowers – Chamomile Tea
  • Brew floral teas using chammomile, hibiscus, or calendula.
Edible Flower Ideas - Floral Desserts
Edible Flower Ideas – Floral Desserts
  • Garnish desserts like cakes, cupcakes, or ice cream with delicate edible flowers for an exquisite touch.
  • Create floral simple syrups by simmering flowers like elderberry or jasmine with sugar and water, perfect for cocktails and soda.
  • Make floral-infused vinegars using flowers like chive blossoms or nasturiums.
  • Bake edible flower focaccia by decorating the dough with colorful blooms before baking.
  • Prepare flower-studded butter by mixing edible flowers into softened butter for a fragrant spread.
  • Craft floral-flavored popcicles using edible flowers for a refreshing summer treat.
  • Create visually stunning edible flower sushi rolls with colorful petals in the rice.
  • Make a floral-infused olive oil by steeping flowers like basil or rosemary in high-quality oil.
  • Bake edible shortbread cookies for a delicate and aromatic dessert.
  • Prepare a floral-scented rice pudding using jasmine or orange blossom flowers.
  • Brew a floral lemonade using petals like dandelions or pansies for a unique twist on a classic drink.
  • Create a floral-infused yogurt by mixing flower petals into Greek yogurt.
  • Make a colorful flower and herb omelet by folding edible flowers into beaten eggs before cooking.
  • Create a cheese board with floral accents by pairing cheese with edible flowers like marigolds or borage.
  • Make floral-flavored homemade marshmallows using rosewater or violet extract.
  • Prepare floral-scented spa water by placing edible flowers in a pitcher of cold water for a refreshing and visually appealing drink.

We’ve reached the end of the Best Edible Flowers to Grow. I hope you enjoyed it.

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