Edible Flowers

Summer is here and the flowers are blooming all around us.

And what is a more cheerful sight than the sight of drinks with flowers in them, or cakes, pies and other culinary delights dressed in flowers?

However, don’t just go picking any flower for your drinks, cookies and pies.

You don’t want to poison yourself, so here is a list of edible flowers that you can add to your drinks, cakes, pies or cookies.

Angelica: tastes like licorice

 

Anise hyssop: anise or licorice flavor

 

Apple blossoms: like apples

 

Chive flowers: taste like chives

 

Bee Balm: tastes somewhat like oregano or mint

 

Borage: somewhat cucumber-like

 

Carnation: sweet flavor, good for desserts

 

Chamomile: somewhat like apples

 

Chervil: anise

 

Chrysanthemums: tangy, bitter

 

Clover: sweet, somewhat anise

 

Cornflower: usually spicy, somewhat like cloves

 

Dandelion: sweet, honey-like

 

Garden Sorrel: tart, lemony

 

Hibiscus: tart, like cranberries

 

Honeysuckle: sweet

 

Jasmine: strong, good for use in tea

Lavender: sweet, floral

 

Lemon verbena: lemon

 

Lilac: flowery, a little bitter

 

Linden: similar to honeysuckle

 

Marigold: usually peppery, can be somewhat bitter

 

Nasturtium: peppery, good in salads

 

Pansy: mild, slightly sweet

Primrose: slightly sweet

 

Queen Anne’s Lace: light, like a carrot

 

Rose: different varieties have different flavors, but mostly sweet; even if you do not want to eat them, consider using them to decorate cakes and pastries

Sunflower: young flowers taste like artichokes, older flowers are bitter

 

Sweet Woodruff: sweet, somewhat nutty

 

Tulip: mild lettuce or cucumber flavor

 

Hope you enjoyed this list.

What edible flowers have you tried?

 

 

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