Edible flowers can be used in salads or to top desserts for a special treat and they are so lovely. You will have the chance to eat with your eyes AND your mouths.
So, what flowers are edible? Not all of them. Here is a list of the ones you can consume:
Violets–These can not only freshen breath, but they are known for being anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and can be used as an antiseptic. Violets can help improve acne, eczema, headaches, psoriasis and UTI’s.
Borage–This popular Mediterranean herb contains GLA (gamma-linoleic acid), which is an essential fatty acid. It also contains vitamin C, A, iron and copper. It has a hint of mint and should be eaten as fresh as possible.
Lavender petals–Lavender is a common favorite, with it’s sweet and lovely smell and relaxing effects. It has been used for thousands of years as a healing herb that can combat stress as it directly benefits the central nervous system. The CNS includes the brain, eyes and spinal chord.
Roses–Who doesn’t love this timeless, classic flower? Rose petals are rich in polyphenols, which are beneficial antioxidants. These may help reduce the risk of cancer, and heart disease. Now you don’t have to just stop at smelling them, you can eat them, too! 🙂
Nasturtiums, Lemon Gem Marigold and Calendula (petals only)–These annuals have an earthy flavor and their colors are so bright and cheery, they are bound to spruce up any boring ol’ dish! The orange varieties contain lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant, while the yellow flowers lutein, which is known for improving eyesight.
Day Lilies–According to TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), day lilies help to detoxify the system, reduce jaundice, cure insomnia, and relieve hemorrhoids.
You can purchase edible flowers at farmer’s markets, online or you can even grow your own at home! Enjoy the beauty and life they will bring to your creations! For recipes or advice cooking with edible flowers, you can always contact me for information. Bon appetit!