Pretty Delicious! Edible Flowers to Plant in Your Garden

Flower Gardening

Did you know many of your favorite flowers are also good eating? Edible flowers not only add beauty to your dishes, but they also add flavor and texture. And, it's fun to be able to pick fresh flowers from your garden and add them to salads, cocktails, baked goods and more!

It’s important to never eat a flower without checking to make sure it’s edible and non-toxic, of course. We'll cover which flowers can all be safely added to your meals and maybe inspire you to plant some edible flowers in your garden.

Edible Herb Blossoms

Some of the most commonly eaten flowers are those that grow on herbs, of course. Often, they’re used in an infusion or herbal tea. Chamomile, echinacea, mint, and bergamot all make delightful brews.

Rosemary, chives, dill flowers are just as edible as their leaves and can be added to a dish for a gorgeous garnish. Lavender shortbread is scrumptious. The flowers add a hint of floral flavor to offset the sweetness and add a special touch.

Pretty Flowers That Are Also Edible

Many flowers that we think of as ornamental are also edible.

Nasturtiums and pansies are a tasty and colorful addition to salads!

Sugared pansies and rose petals are stylish and look great as cake decoration. 

Rose petals are the main ingredient in rosewater, which is a common flavoring in Mediterranean and Indian cuisine.

Hibiscus is another common tea beverage, full of antioxidants and bursting with tangy flavor!

Vegetable Blooms

The blooms of many vegetables are edible. Garlic blossoms are purple and have a milder garlic flavor that adds a surprising bit of variety to your meal.

Squash blossoms are often battered, stuffed and fried. Try to make sure you’re only picking the male blooms to eat, as the female flowers will develop into squash.


Edible Weeds & Native Plants

There are a variety of edible common weeds and native plants. Skilled foragers who know what to look for can gather a whole salad over the course of a hike.

Dandelions have an amazing nutritional profile from flower to root. Dandelion fritters are a tasty, inexpensive treat to add to your meal. Violets, which are considered a weed in some places, make a great salad. Wisteria adds a lovely bit of color to a salad. Honeysuckle makes a deliciously sweet garnish.

Have fun adding flowers to your diet! The bright colors show off how nutritious they are. Eating flowers is a delicious and fun way to bring your garden to your table.

Written by Teresa Chandler