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Edible flowers: where to find them and what to prepare with them? We give you many ideas and tips

The main task of a flower is to be beautiful – it must attract pollinators to produce seeds. They not only beautify your garden, but can also enrich your meals with aesthetics and exotic flavors. Why decorate with sprinkles when you have petals? There are so many delicious and savory edible flowers to try. In this article you will learn how to grow them or where to find them. We will tell you some more interesting information about what you can prepare with these flowers.

Where can you find edible flowers?

Edible flowers in food and drinks

For centuries, people have collected or cultivated flowers and flower buds for food, drink and medicine. Think of squash blossoms in Italian cooking, chamomile or jasmine tea, and rose petals in Indian cooking. Some are spicy, others herbaceous, still others fragrant. All are colorful.

Edible flowers (you can find a list here ) are so very underrated and are a missing element in many dishes. They offer many unique flavors and a bit of fun. The question is, why aren’t more people using them? If you read through this article, I’m sure you’ll be incorporating them into your recipes soon.

Where to find edible flowers - at farmers markets

If you don’t feel like growing edible flowers yourself, that’s not a problem. There are a few places where you can buy them. The first place we always recommend is farmers markets. There you can talk directly to the vendors and learn about these plants and how they are grown.

You can also look for flowering herbs as they are edible. Check out the vegetable section of your local grocery store.

You can also order the edible plants online or search for local growers in a search engine. However, consider growing your own. That way, you know that no pesticides were used and they are completely safe to eat.

What can you prepare with edible plants?

What should you pay attention to?

Prepare healthy food with vegetables and flowers

There is a resurgence of interest in edible flowers. There are hundreds of wild and cultivated plants whose petals and buds are edible. These plants are not only pretty in the garden, but also add color, variety and new flavors to your meals .

When preparing most flowers for food or drink, use only the petals for best flavor. Remove the sepals as well as the pistils and stamens. Most edible flowers are best eaten raw – simply pick and rinse with water. The flowers taste and look best when they have just opened, rather than when they have been open for a few days.

Plants to eat taste good when they have just opened up

You should note that not all flowers are suitable for eating. Some may even be poisonous. Do enough research to find out exactly which ones are edible. You should also avoid plants that have been sprayed with insecticides, fungicides or herbicides. Since most edible flowers – with the exception of roses – are easy to grow, this is rarely a problem.

Pasta, sandwiches and more.

Edible flowers - grow your own or buy them for delicious recipes.

If you grow flowers that can be eaten, you can then embellish your dishes with buds and flowers. Try the following variations – nasturtiums over pasta or in sandwiches to pepper them.

Baking and decorating cakes with different pansies

There’s nothing quite like a few colorful petals in a salad , a small bouquet of wild pansies on a birthday cake, or a fried daylily bud in a stir-fry dish.

Prepare healthy, delicious salads with edible flowers

These plants are a fun and easy way to add color and flavor to all sorts of dishes – especially when you can pick them right from your own garden. You can also make delicious appetizers or baguettes for your family with salmon, cream cheese and pickled chive flowers, for example.

How to make plants for dinner - pastas, sandwiches, soups, stir-fries and salads

Delicious cocktails

The edible flowers are an ingredient for cocktails

Pickled chive flowers can also be added to martinis and Bloody Mary cocktails.

Edible flowers – planting garden

Plant garden with edible flowers and label seedlings

Growing edible flowers is not much different from growing herbs or other herbaceous plants. Most you can grow from seed, but others are best purchased at a garden center.

Label your seedlings, as they will all look the same at first. Make sure the top layer of soil is always well covered and don’t overwater so it doesn’t become soggy. Also avoid washing out the seedlings or damaging them.

How to grow flowers for eating

Once they begin to grow, avoid overcrowding by cutting off all but the strongest seedlings in each pot. If you have trouble with germination, place the seedlings under a grow light or try to mimic greenhouse conditions with a plastic cover.

When your plants are large and vigorous, harvest the flowers for recipes when they are freshest. This is when they are fully bloomed but not yet wilted. Harvest with sharp, clean scissors during the cool part of the day. Use them the day you harvest them and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy them.

Can edible flowers be frozen?

Freeze edible flowers as ice cubes - good idea.

It is not a good idea to freeze them individually . They look beautiful when frozen, but once thawed, they spoil quickly. If you want to preserve them by freezing them, make them into flower ice cubes.

Make your own flower ice cubes with flowers

* Fill an ice cube tray halfway with water, place a flower in it and leave in the freezer for an hour to solidify so that the flower remains in the center of the cube.

* Fill the remaining top half of the container with water and place it back in the freezer until it is completely frozen.