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Edible Flowers

CandideZA
Published on February 21st 2019
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A white plate topped with a purple flower
One of the best ways to celebrate Garden Day on 11 October 2020 is by inviting neighbours and friends around for tea and biscuits, a foodie-feast or a glass of bubbly! Add a bit of floral detail to your celebration by harvesting edible flowers to decorate food and drinks.
The options are endless when it comes to edible flowers. They can be used fresh in a number of culinary dishes, crystallised with sugar for decoration, frozen into ice cubes to add to a cocktail and even blended into plain sugar.
Eating and cooking with flowers can be traced back to Roman times, and to the Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian cultures. In Britain, edible flowers were especially popular in the Victorian era.
You can easily add vibrancy and taste to your own dishes and drinks with edible florals, and by planting your garden with your favourite varieties you will have a bountiful source of edible beauties for regular floral harvests.
A pink flower on a plate
Important: When foraging for edible beauties in your garden, be sure to avoid picking flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Also, some flowers are poisonous so do ensure a positive identification before it goes onto the plate.
Here is a list of our favourite edible flowers:
A close up of a flower garden with some orange Calendula officinalis flowers

Calendula

Calendula officinalis

Hemerocallis flower

Daylily

Hemerocallis spp.

A close up of a green Tropaeolum majus plant with a red flower

Nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus

A red rose on a Rosa plant

Rose

Rosa spp.

A header page with the words Image Coming Soon surrounded by an illustrated border of flowers.

Pansy 'Johny Jumpup'

Viola tricolour (Tricolor Group) 'Johny Jumpup'

A close up of the white flower of Cape Pond Lily

Cape Pond Weed

Aponogeton distachyos

Bank of Tulbaghia violacea in flower

Wild Garlic

Tulbaghia violacea

Pelargonium graveleons

Rose-Scented Pelargonium

Pelargonium graveolens

A close up of a green Sambucus nigra plant with white flowers

Elderberry

Sambucus nigra

A close up of the blue star shaped flower of Borago officinalis

Borage

Borago officinalis

A purple flower on a Viola odorata plant

Sweet Violet

Viola odorata

Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

A header page with the words Image Coming Soon surrounded by an illustrated border of flowers.

Baby Marrow

Cucurbita pepo 'Caserta'

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

A close up of some purple Rosmarinus offcinalis flowers and green leaves

Rosemary

Salvia rosmarinus

A close up of the white flower of Rocket salad herb

Rocket

Eruca vesicaria ssp. sativa

A close up of some Thymus vulgaris flowers

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

A close up of some pink Allium schoenoprasum flowers

Chives

Allium schoenoprasum

Wild Carrot

Daucus carota