Use what your garden gives you to, garnish, add flavor, pickle, steam, boil in your tea or add it to a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day.  Never use flowers sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals. Your garden is the best place to pick from.

Marigold – petals are peppery, tangy and spicy.

Carnations/Dianthus – petals are sweet and perfumed

Hibiscus- cranberry flavor

Lilac- pungent but flowers are citrusy

Bachelor’s Button- petals have a grassy flavor

Bee Balm – minty flavor

Impatiens – no flavor, mostly used as a garnish and candying

Chrysanthemums – petals are a little bitter and range in flavors from peppery to pungent

Viola/Johnny Jump-up – minty flavor used for salads, pastas and fruit dishes

Gladiolas- bland taste, normally stuffed or used to garnish a salad

Lavender- sweet, spicy and perfumed, used in sweet and savory dishes

Nasturtium – sweet floral flavor with a peppery finish.  Flowers can be stuffed, petals can be used on a salad or the buds can be pickled like capers.  These are the most popular edible flower and the easiest to grow.

Pansy – used mostly for garnish and candying

Rose- perfume flavor which is more pronounced in darker colors. Petals can be used in hot and cold drinks or scattered on desserts.  Petals can also be used in a variety of jams.

Sunflowers – use petals for garnish or buds can be steamed like artichokes.

Margarita Benyammine

Web Assistant at Pixeletta Consultations
One of my first part-time jobs was at a Flower Shop – I have a passion for web design, SEO and fabulous floral arrangements.

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