Um, nom, nom: is that what you think when you step out into your flower garden? The bees might, the butterflies might, but do you? You should. While some of your garden flowers are poisonous, others are actually quite tasty.
Adding flowers to a salad or dessert is a way to make it look pretty. However, if you live in a place where front yard vegetable growing is frowned upon, adding edible flowers to your garden is also a way to grow food on the sly. You’ll have a beautiful garden that also happens to be edible.
What garden flowers can you eat?
When these early spring plants go to flower, never fear. You can eat the pink or purple chive flowers. Try them in anomelet .The allium family (chives, onions, and garlic) is known for its profusion of edible blossoms.
Yes, these won’t disguise well, but those big, beautiful squash flowers are actually edible! Stuff them with cheese or other savory treats and cook them in the oven. The blossoms make a lovely food wrapper.
Ah, these are so pretty in pots or popping up in the lawn, and they’re lovely candied as well. Candied violets are the perfect topping for a birthday cake. Seasonal Eating shows you the way to a garden of candied violets.
Notes on Edible Flowers
As always, remember that you can’t eat all flowers. If you’re teaching your children to eat edible flowers, make sure that you also warn them away from eating those flowers that they don’t know, as some of them are poisonous. If you’re going to eat your flower garden, be as careful in your tending of that garden as you are with your vegetables, and go organic. Remember to pick your flowers right before you eat them, as well: flowers are notoriously perishable, and an hour or two will make them go droopy.
Have you eaten your flowers today?
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