Growing a garden is a great way to add fresh food to your diet.
When we plant a garden, we often think of veggies like cucumbers, peppers, or tomatoes. Fruits like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries may also come to mind. If these fruits and veggies were all you chose to plant, you would get a great variety of delicious foods. But, there IS more you can add to your garden! Consider adding flowers.
Besides being great food for bees, edible flowers are the perfect way to add beauty to any meal. Whether you use them as a garnish or as an ingredient, you won’t regret the results. Here are a few flowers to consider.
Begonias have a somewhat sour, somewhat citrus taste. The flowers, stems, and leaves are all edible. The petals are wonderful as a colorful garnish or in a salad. Use the stems as a replacement for rhubarb. Please note that individuals dealing with kidney stones, gout, or rheumatism can’t consume begonias due to the toxic acid they contain.
Many people are familiar with dandelion wine, but the uses for this edible flower don’t stop there. The buds are very sweet with an almost honey-like flavor. Commonly used in salads, the buds are good both raw and steamed. For best results, pick the buds closest to the ground.
Use sorrel flowers as a replacement for lemon. They also taste great when added to sauces or summer dishes, like cucumber salad. This flower also makes an interesting topping for pizza.
Pansy petals are mild in taste and are somewhat grassy in flavor. However, eating the whole flower allows you to experience more of a wintergreen taste. This flower is perfect for fruit salads and soups.
The taste of geraniums depends on the varieties selected. These flower flavors range anywhere from lemony to spicy. Try sprinkling geranium petals over desserts or freezing them in ice cubes for a refreshing summer drink.
These beauties are not just harvested for their seeds anymore! You may be surprised to learn that sunflowers taste similar to artichokes. They are best when consumed at “bud stage.” Steaming the buds is the preferred cooking method. Once the flower opens, the flavor morphs to more bittersweet.
This is a beautiful yellow to orange flower that is wonderful as a tea. Just pick the flowers at their peak, and dry them in a dehydrator to enjoy their goodness.
With a mild flavor similar to radishes, nasturtiums are the perfect complement to any salad. They can also be sprinkled into soups for a pleasing flavor. Try them stuffed or sauteed like spinach!
These are just some of many beautiful flowers that you can add to your garden and dinner table. Are there any favorites you have that are not listed here?
What flowers would you choose from this list? Will you plant these this year? Be sure to pin this for later!