Flowers are pretty and so nice to grow in the spring and summer. They are not difficult to raise to make a lovely impression on your landscape but did you know they are also useful? There are some edible flowers that are not difficult to grow that make you an instant gourmet. Flower is a Middle English word that means “the best of anything” and they are the best to look at and the edible varieties are good for the body as all good foods are.
One edible flower we are all familiar with is the sunflower. These are hardy plants and the seeds are just delicious. Sprinkle some in salads, use some in cookies or just eat plain. Other edible flowers are varieties of roses, daisies, pansies, and dandelions.
Roses can be used to flavor water or tea. Daisies and dandilons can be used for the same. Dandilion greens are eaten when the flower is still young before bloom so next time you want to curse those dandilions in your yard, don’t use poison to kill them, just eat them instead.
Pansies and so pretty and can be used in salads, as a decoration on cakes, in cocktails and even soups! Have you ever seen a spritzer with some pretty pansies on top? You could pay a lot for a drink like that at a restaurant but you could also grow your own and make youself the envy of the neighborhood at your next BBQ by serving exotic drinks with pansies in them.
Not only are flowers edible, but they are also nutritious. Some flowers are used for medicinal purposes, or in serums to treat or prevent colds. Each specific type of flower varies in its uses, but most have more than one purpose. Check your local library for medicinal herbs for uses or search the internet for more information. Some flowers are poisonous and could be harmful, so this research is key.
Many annual herbs flower often throughout the season. My favorite by far is basil: The leaves of basil are often dried and used as seasoning, but the flowers can also be eaten fresh on a salad or as a decorative addition. Often, people deflower their basil plants just discard those flowers. Now you have another use for them!
There are many more edible flowers grown around you every day. Don’t just stop to smell the roses, take a bite out of them too. Just remember before grazing in the flower garden, do your research and know what you’re eating.