Edible Flowers That Are Almost Too Pretty to Eat

Updated on November 16, 2017
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Linda is a 56-year-old woman living all of her life in the North East. She has written a book of poetry "Heartfelt Emotions."

Everyone loves flowers and their beauty, but there is another side of them some don't know about: some flowers are edible.

The colors and tastes are wonderful and add to any dish or drink you make. Some of them sweet, some of them sour, and some are just in-between.

Although there are many edible flowers, I have chosen only a few, the ones that I myself have tried. Below is a list them.

Flower List

Here is a list of the top edible flowers:

  1. Violets
  2. Sage
  3. Roses
  4. Pansies
  5. Nasturtiums
  6. Lavender
  7. Hibiscus
  8. Zucchini Blossoms
  9. Calendula
  10. Borage Blossoms
  11. Begonia
  12. Carnations
  13. Corn Flower
  14. Day lilies
  15. English daisy
  16. Gladiolus
  17. Hollyhock
  18. Honeysuckle
  19. Lilac
  20. Marigold

What Do Edible Flowers Taste Like?

Each edible flower has a different taste and texture with one not being the same as the other. Depending on their flavor will depend on what you use them for to add to a plate.

  • Violets which come in a variety of colors have a sweet and flowery taste which make them good in salads or cold drinks. Crystallized they can be used on top of cakes or any dessert.
  • Sage has a savory delicately sweet taste to them. I found they are delicious with lemons and made into pop ice. Sage will give you another layer to a dish.
  • Roses come in many colors and they have a very fruity taste but they also have a strong scent. Roses pair well in just about anything from soup to desserts. I find adding them to the top of a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting not only tastes amazing but also has a wonderful visual effect.
  • Pansies, oh those little monkey-faced beauties. They come in so many colors and taste somewhat minty. These little wonders work wonderful in salads and cold drinks.
  • Nasturtiums have a very peppery taste kind of like watercress. I love to make beef dishes with these jewels.
  • Lavender has a high perfume like flavor which makes it wonderful when sprinkled over a delicate dessert or in a cold drink or alcoholic beverage.
  • Hibiscus actually taste like a cranberry. Sweet and sour all at the same time. These beauties are delis in cocktails. If you drop a hibiscus bud into a glass of bubbly beverage the bud will bloom right before your eyes. I love them when having parties in Champagne.
  • Zucchini blossoms have a mild sweet flavor and are delicious when mauled with cheese and sauce.
  • Calendula tastes like saffron. Infusing this with olive oil is a great easy way to add to any dish.
  • Borage blossoms taste a lot like a cucumber. Great in salads and also Borage is a a special treat to add to your lemonade.
  • Begonia has a sour citrus taste which many use in salads for extra flavor.
  • Carnation the petals are very sweet but the white base is very bitter. Many use carnations in candy or desserts and some even steep them in their wine.
  • Corn flower have a spicy sweet flavor almost like cloves and they are mainly used as a garnish.
  • Day lilies are kinda sweet and almost taste like some sort of vegetable. Some refer to the flavor as almost melon like. Many use in desserts and some people even stuff them like squash blossoms.
  • English daisy is somewhat bitter and used mostly to garnish or in salads.
  • Gladiolus have a very mild taste almost like lettuce and works very well ion salads or cooked.
  • Hollyhock are very bland in flavor but work well in salad or as a garnish.
  • Honeysuckle are as sweet as honey and tastes like it too. Great in desserts. Only the flowers are edible though so don't eat the leaves or berries as they are very poisonous.
  • Lilac, my favorite I think, they are a bit bitter but depends on the individual plant. They have a high aroma and work well in salads or as a garnish.
  • Marigold are very citrus tasting and work great in salads. Many use marigolds like they would saffron.

There are so many more edible flowers, and the list goes on and on. Some are easy to get and some are hard to find, but either way they are delicious.

If you grow these flowers in your garden, please be careful they are not sprayed with any pesticides. Organic gardens are best or you can get flowers at your favorite grocery store, farmer's market, or from Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

Well there you have it, my top list for edible flowers and their tastes.

I hope you will experiment with these delectable blossoms and get creative; that's what the beauty of our gardens and cooking is all about!

© 2017 Linda L Paquette


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      Linda L Paquette 5 months ago from New Hampshire/ Massachusettes

      I agree Thelma and you should try the other flowers I listed they are delis

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      Thelma Alberts 5 months ago from Germany

      HI! I have only tried Hibiscus flowers. I love eating them on my salad together with other vegetables. I also make tea and infuse water from Hibiscus. It's not only delicious but healthy as well.