Which Flowers Are Edible?

Which Flowers Can You Eat?

locally grown flowers, locally grown food

As I am new to growing flowers, I thought I would google which ones are edible. This led me to find a few outlets here in the UK but also I found an article from an American writer, that named 3 outlets providing flower heads, petals and assorted bunches to the catering trade in the USA.

From these 3 websites I have compiled a list of flowers that are edible and I am delighted to say that the majority of them are on the list of flowers I am intending to grow!

It is important to source anything that you are going to eat from somewhere that is practising good farming practices and not using harmful substances when these flowers are being grown or shipped.  Wild Nettle Gardens has never used pesticides and works hard to ensure that the produce grown in the gardens is of the highest quality.

Flowers That Are Edible

  1. Lavender
  2. Roses 
  3. Cornflowers
  4. Borage
  5. Nasturtium
  6. Hibiscus
  7. Calendula
  8. Marigolds
  9. Fuschia
  10. Carnations
  11. Cosmos
  12. Dahlia
  13. Gladioli
  14. Dianthus
  15. Camelia
  16. Pansies
  17. Daylilies
  18. Violets
  19. Snap Dragons
  20. Jasmine
  21. Elderflower
  22. Sunflower
  23. Angelica
  24. Honey suckle
  25. Tulips
  26. Wild Primrose
  27. The Onion family flowers

And then the edible flowers from the following foods-

  1. Mustard
  2. Chicory
  3. Pea
  4. Bean
  5. Broccoli
  6. Radish
  7. Apple
  8. Courgette
  9. Dill
  10. Coriander
  11. Thyme
  12. Sage
  13. Wild Rocket

Flowers have always been a great love of mine – despite allergies to the very perfumed ones like daffodils, and lilies. I have never grown them en masse before, but I have joined a wonderful group of ladies and gentlemen who are growing flowers up and down the country and I am looking forward to learning the trade under their guidance. The organisation is called Flowers From the Farm, and all signs are that it is a great group to belong to!

A Few Suggested Ways to Introduce Edible Flowers to Your Food

One of my great loves is good food, cooked with heart. Over the years I have been enjoying sampling good food in many countries, many cultures and with many different people. I have seen flowers used with meat, in vegetables, in puddings, in sauces, in jams,  on cakes, in drinks….using flowers in food is definitely not a new trend as we know the both the Egyptians and the Romans often combined the two.

Using edible flowers has seen somewhat of a  renaissance over the past few years, and many chefs now source flowers for their culinary creations. Another trend is to have flowers to decorate your wedding cake- but when you decide to put flowers on your wedding cake, keep this in mind:-

  1. Some plants, or roots or flowers or stems of plants, are in fact poisonous. They can be extremely pretty, and not very good for you at all.  Before you or your florist push stems into your deliciously iced cake, do check the flowers used are not poisonous.
  2. Not all florists are also food hygienists- what I mean but this is that not all florists are aware of the strict regulations that govern our preparation of food. These regulations are in place to prevent anyone from becoming ill when they eat the prepared food. Imagine no one being able to eat your wedding cake because the flowers turn out to be poisonous?
  3. Also, as 90% of the flowers that are available to buy in the UK are flown in from other countries, it is highly likely that these flowers will have been sprayed with pesticides and insecticides in order that they are able to survive the journey. This is something to take into consideration when you are ordering flowers to garnish the wedding cake with.

It is important to source pesticide free, locally grown flowers, or at least understand how they have been grown. One of the best things about shopping locally is that you can often meet the farmer, and find out about how they got to be growing beautiful flowers and food to furnish your table.

I hope that you have been inspired to try a few more floral touches to your food? We will be selling flowers from around June 2019 onwards, and may put some on the website if you are interested? Get in touch and we can add you to our mailing list so that you can keep up to date with our progress.


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