Wednesday, May 14, 2014

edible


I grew up in a city. Eating weeds and flowers wasn't recommended. That all changed when I moved to our land. I love discovering what's edible right outside my back door. Everything from dandelions greens to pansies are incorporated into our meals. I get so excited each spring when I can start eating flowers again! How can you not feel like a fairy princess when your food is decorated with pretty petals?
I've  planted 4 different lilac bushes over the years and look forward to their intoxicating fragrance each May, but I didn't know until last night that I could eat them! Thanks to my California cousin on instagram, I am sprinkling them on everything- thanks Willow!

Here are some of my other favorite edible flowers:

  1. dandelions
  2. lavender
  3. violets
  4. pansies
  5. chive blossoms
  6. marigolds
  7. nasturtiums
  8. bee balm
  9. borage
  10. sweet rocket


Do you eat flowers? What are your favorites?

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10 comments:

  1. I love all of these and also calendula, English daisies , pinks, mallow, rose petals and delicious squash blossoms:)

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  2. I didn't know lilac blossoms were edible. Your ice cream looks extra-delicious with blossoms.

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  3. I love the peppery taste of nasturtiums, and the way their color lights up a salad! These photos make me long for when the lilacs bloom here in Vermont. It will be a while yet...

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  4. I have never eaten flowers *gasp!* I remember when I was little mom tried to put pansies (maybe) in a salad and I refused to eat them because you don't eat flowers! I do have a few recipes involving dandelions but I have not had the motivation to go harvesting this year so far. I have my sister excited for the fritter recipe, though, so maybe when she comes back we can have a go at it. I need to do some research on these others, though, and see what I can grow here. I hate growing flowers because of the "form over function" aspect of it but if they are edible flowers than I can have pretty as well as tasty. Yay!

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  5. The other day we made summer rolls with redbuds, dandelions, violets, and chive blossoms. My daughter loved that she could see the beautiful color through the rice paper. So good!

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  6. I don't eat flowers I have a dog LOL Beautiful pictures!

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  7. Artichokes, actually. But once our local ice cream parlour had a variety of violet ice cream which was divine.
    Out of the garden, I like chives and nasturtium blossoms very much. I haven't tried pumpkin or zucchini blossoms (battered and deep-fried), but I'd love to try...

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  8. I did not know lilacs were edible either! I really miss them; we don't grow them here in Hawaii. Bet you could eat those lovely tiny flowers on the creeping rosemary and on basil, too. hmmm brain is percolating now!

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  9. What?! Lilacs are one of my very favorites--so lovely and such an intoxicating fragrance, but I had NO IDEA you could eat them!! Wow! Thanks for sharing this tidbit!!

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  10. we love calendula, borage, and most of all... nasturtiums. Red Bud blossoms were a favorite, this year... and violets... oh, I guess it's hard to choose a favorite! We love to eat flowers around here, too!

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