5 Edible Flowers to Add to the Menu

They aren't just for looks

BACKYARD HOMESTEADING

Jules

6/5/20231 min read

a vase filled with lots of different colored flowers
a vase filled with lots of different colored flowers

Growing and harvesting edible flowers is a simple way to infuse color and character into your favorite dishes, desserts, and even cocktails.

Beyond their beautiful appearance, these vibrant petals pack a punch when it comes to both health benefits and enhancing your garden's ecosystem.

We often focus on consuming fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors to nourish our bodies with essential nutrients and antioxidants.
But did you know that flowers also contribute to this vibrant palette?

Edible flowers provide a natural source of antioxidants, offering both visual appeal and nutritional benefits.

Here are 5 of my favourite edible flowers to add to the menu:

  1. Calendula, with its vibrant orange and yellow petals, not only adds a pop of color to your dishes but also offers a slightly peppery flavor reminiscent of saffron, perfect for elevating salads and soups.

  2. Lavender, known for its calming scent, surprises with its delicate floral taste, lending a subtle yet delightful aroma to desserts, teas, and even savory dishes like roasted vegetables or infused oils.

  3. Nasturtium, with its cheerful blooms in shades of red, orange, and yellow, brings a peppery and slightly spicy kick to salads, while its leaves can be used as a delightful alternative to watercress.

  4. Snapdragons, with their unique vertical petals, offer a mild and floral taste that complements both sweet and savory creations, making them a versatile addition to salads, syrups, and even cocktails.

  5. Zinnias, known for their vibrant and diverse colors, surprise with a slightly bitter taste, making them a fantastic choice for garnishing summer drinks, infusing vinegars, or decorating cakes and pastries.

Eat up!

Jules