And this is odd because even if you’re not on a plant-based diet, flowers can be really tasty.
You can use them for flavor or just to add color and personality to your dishes.
Flowers You Can Eat
- Allium blossoms.Alliums are onions, garlic, chives, etc. and all of their blossoms can be eaten and, perhaps unsurprisingly, tend to taste similar to the bulbs.
- Anise Hysop. This is a fantastic flower to use in a dessert dish or where you just want a hint of flavor. They bring both anise and licorice tones to the party.
- Bachelor’s Button. The petals are very much edible but the calyx is pretty foul as it’s ultra-bitter. They are bit, grassy though, they’re great for an edible decoration.
- Bee Balm. These cute and easy to identify red flowers have a certain mint taste about them.
- Calendula. One of the best flowers to cook with, you get a very spicy, peppery flavor from them.
- Chamomile. Watch out if you have ragweed issues as you might be allergic to chamomile but otherwise, it’s sweet and tasty.
- Chicory. As you would expect you get a sort of earthy bitter tone from chicory petals and even the buds. They make for great pickles.
- Cilantro. You may/may not love these but we can say for certain that if you heat them, they don’t taste of very much at all.
- Clover. Yes, the humble clover is an edible flower and they’re a sweet tasting flower with just a touch of licorice.
- Dill. The yellow flower of the dill plant has a taste almost indistinguishable from the herb’s leaves.
- Fennel. Another herb and another flower with a very similar taste – this time a touch of licorice, obviously.
- Gladiolus. Yes, the humble gladioli is edible, though it doesn’t taste of very much, they’re good for stuffing with cheese though or as a garnish.
- Hollyhock. They look fantastic on the plate, we just wish that the hollyhock had a bit more flavor to it.
- Jasmine. Be careful with jasmine, its pungent nature means that it’s best used in small quantities in dishes rather than layered on.
- Lavender. You can’t go wrong with lavender; it works well in savory dishes and in desserts and puddings.
- Lilac. There’s a distinct nose to lilac flowers but it translates pleasantly to a sort of citrus on the tongue.
- Nasturtium. A very popular edible flower that offers a sweet, peppery taste, and if you can get the seeds they’re spicy and sweet too!
- Pansy. They don’t taste of very much but pansies look great on a plate!
- Rose. You must get rid of the base which is white in color and tastes bitter but the rest of the flower is completely edible and very tasty.
- Violets. With a heavy sweet bouquet the violet is the ideal addition to a dessert or even a drink.
Final Thoughts On Flowers You Can Eat
Everyone ought to brighten their diet up with edible flowers!
They’re awesome to look at, they taste great and they add a burst of needed color to bland-looking dishes.
It’s time for Americans to embrace edible flowers again in the way that they’ve embraced plant-based lifestyles.