Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers

There are several flowers blossoms that can be
enjoyed both fresh and cooked. Only eat flowers when you are absolutely certain they are edible. Never eat a flower that has been treated with a pesticide that was not labeled for use on food products. Edible flowers should ideally be harvested in the cool, morning hours. If you are not going to be using the flowers immediately, cut them with the stems in tact and keep them in water. You could also store them in damp paper towels, in the refrigerator.
Common Name Botanical Name Type of plant Edible Parts Cautions
Anise-hyssop Agastache foeniculum Perennial Flowers, Foliage Eat in moderation
Apple blossoms Malus sections Tree Flower petal Eat in moderation
Arugula Eruca vesicaria sativa Annual Herb Flowers, foliage
Basil Ocimum spp. Annual Herb Flowers, Foliage
Beebalm Monarda app. Perennial Flowers ,Foliage
Begonia,
Tuberous
Begonia (tuberous only) Tender Perennial Flower petal Eat in moderation
Borage Borage officionalis Flower petal
Broccoli Brasica oleracia Annual vegtable Flower petal
Burnet Sanguisorba minor Flowers, foliage
Calendula Calendula officionalis Annual Flower petal Avoid eating flower center and pollen
Carnation Dianthis cvaryophyllus Perennial Flower petal Green calyx is bitter
Cauliflower Brassica oleracea Annual vegtable Flower petal
Chamomile, German Matriciria recutita Annual Herb Flower petals Avoid eating flower center and pollen.
Chervil Anthriscus cerefolium Flowers and foliage
Chicory Cichorium intybus Perennial Herb Flower petal Avoid eating flower center and pollen.
Chives Allium schoenoprasum Perennial Herb Flowers, foliage
Chrysanthemum, Garden Mum Chrysanthemum morifolium Perennial Flower petal Avoid eating flower center and pollen.
Cilantro Coriandrum sativum Annual Herb Flowers and foliage
Clary sage Salvia sclerea turkestanica Biannual Flower petals
Cornflower, annual Cxentaureqa cyanus Annual Flower petals Avoid eating flower center and pollen
Cowslip primrose Primula veris Perennial Flower petal
Daylilies Hermocallis Perennial
Dianthis Dianthis spp. Perennial Flower petals Green caylix is bitter
Dill Anethum graveolens Annual Herb Flowers and foliage
Elder,common Sambucus nigra Shrub Flower heads, fruit
English daisy Bellis perennis Biannual Flower petal Avoid eating flower center and pollen
Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Annual Herb Flowers and foliage
Fushia Fushia sp. Tender Perennial Flower petals
Garden pea Pisum sativum Annual Vegtable Flower petals
Garlic chives Allium tuberosum Perennial Herb Flowers and foliage
Geranium, scented Pelargonium Tender annual Flower petals
Gladiolus Gladiolus spp. Tender annuals Flower petals Avoid eating flower center and pollen
Common Name Botanical Name Type of plant Edible Parts Cautions
Hibiscus (indoor) Hibiscus rosasinensis Tropical plant Flower petals
Hollyhock Alcea rosea Biannual Flower petals
Hyssop Hyssops officionalis Perennial Herb Flowers and foliage
Lavender Calendula spp. Perennial Herb Flower petals
Lemon Balm Melissa officionalis Perennial Herb Flowers and foliage
Lemon blossoms Citrus limon Flower petals
Lilac Syringa vulgaris Shrub Flower petals
Lovage Levisticum officionale Perennial herb Flowers, foliage Avoid eating flower center and pollen.
Marigold Tagetes spp. Annual Flowers, foliage Avoid easting flower center and pollen
Majoram Origanum majorana Annual Herb Flowers, foliage
Mint Mentha spp. Perennial Herb Flowers,Foliage
Mustard Brassica spp. Annual vegtable Flower petals
Nastursium Tropaeolum majus Annual Herb Flowers and foliage
Okra Abelmoschus aesculentus Annual vegtable Flower petals
Orange blossoms Citrus sinensis Tropical Flower petals
Oregano Oreganum vulgare Perennial Herb Flowers, foliage
Ox-eye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare Perennial Flower petals Avoid eating flower center and pollen
Pansies Viola wittrockiana Perennial, annual Flower petals
Peach blossoms Prunus spp. Tree Flower petals Eat in moderation
Plum blossoms Prunus spp. Tree Petals Moderation
Primrose,English Primula vulgaris Perennial Flower petals
Radish Raphanus sativus Annual vegtable Flower petals
Redbud, Eastern Cercis Canadensis Tree Flower petals
Rose Rosa spp. Shrub Remove bitter ends
Rosemary Rosmarinus officionalis Perennial Herb Flowers and foliage
Rose of sharron Hibiscus syriacus Shrub Flower petals
Safflower Carthamus tinctorius Annual Flower petals Avoid eating flower center and pollen
Sage,common Salvia officionalis Perennial Herb Flowers, foliage
Sage, Pineapple Salvia elegans Tender perennial herb Flowers, foliage
Savory summer Satureja hortensis Annual Herb Flowers, foliage
Savory,Winter Satureja Montana Perennial Herb Flowers, foliage
Scarlet runner bean Phaseolus coccineus Annual vegetable Flower petals
Societey garlic Tulbaghia violacea Tender perennial herb Flower petals
Squash blossoms Cucurbita spp. Annual vegetable Entire flowers
Stripped mallow Malva sylvestris Biannual Flower petals
Sunflower Helianthus annuus Annual Petals only Avoid eating flower center and pollen
Sweet woodruff Gallium odorous Perennial Entire flower
Thyme Thymus spp. Perennial Herb Flowers, foliage
Violets Viola spp. Perennial, annual F Lower petals
Yucca Yucca filamentosa Perennial Petals only Eat in moderation
Zucchini blossom Cucurbit spp. Annual vegtable Entire flower
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