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Edible flowers!


Hi everyone! I’ve been intrigued by goy’ers mentioning flowers that they eat, much to my amazement!

For goy’ers reference, I borrowed a book from the local library, “Crops in Pots” by Bob Purnell and he gives suggestions for the following plants:

Agastache:commonly used culinary variety is Anise
hyssop (A.foeniculum)

Pot Marigold: Petals used to colour rice, instead of Saffron. Tasty in butters, cheeses and cakes or sprinkled over salads.

Cornflower: flowers fresh in salads or dried and included in pot-pourri.

Clove Pink or Gillyflower: salads (mostly used for flavouring syrups and liqueurs!)

Sunflower: Green flowerheads can be fried in butter. Seeds eaten raw or roasted.

Daylily: buds and petals are edible, having a sweet flavour reminiscent of water chestnuts and a crunchy lettuce like texture. Use in salads, stir-fries and for garnishing.

Scented leaved Pelargonium: Lemon P. Citronellum and apple P. Odoratissimum can be used to make tea. Mostly grown for fragrant oils.

Primrose: flowers and leaves added to salads. Flowers pretty garnishes for delicate puddings.

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus): flowers frequently added to salads but the peppery leaves can also be eaten in salads. Seeds can be pickled and used as a substitute for capers.

Viola/Pansy: Garnish for desserts or fresh in salads. Crystallized or frosted (with egg white and sugar) to decorate cakes.

There! If anyone knows any other uses for these flowers, or other flowers that can be used in culinary purposes, do write back! Thanks!

ps. Don’t forget, only eat in moderation!

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I know about sunflower seeds i have some every morning on my breakfast cereal, pumpkin seeds are delicious lightly roasted in a frying pan (no oil just brown them) didn't know about a lot of these though! thanks Craftnutter

5 Jun, 2009


My puppy, Truffle, eats pansy petals :o)
Good blog Craftnutter. Well done ...

5 Jun, 2009


Sk, I've got some sunflowers in my garden and am looking forward to giving them a go!

TT, pansy petals, hummmm!!! I hope he isn't trying to tell you something, lol!! *just joking!*

5 Jun, 2009


I knew also about the sunflowers C'n but the others, well I'm willing to give anything a grow ...... er sorry go :o))))

6 Jun, 2009


Nasturtium flowers are a favorite of my son's, he makes cream cheese, cucumber and nasturtium sandwiches. I also steep the flowers in white wine vinegar to make salad dressing. It comes out bright orange! Very tasty.

6 Jun, 2009


Hehe Bob!

Wohlibuli, thanks for that, sounds lovely, will give that a go, written it down!

6 Jun, 2009

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