I once vowed that the only things that had a place in the gardens of my future home, would be edible. I wanted a “Willy Wonka” feel to the place, everything must be edible, there was no room for the frivolous, or solely ‘pretty’. Well, turns out I also really like flowers too. What can I say, they bring me joy?!
The interesting thing about this however, is I can have my cake (flowers) and eat them too! Enter; the edible flower. Did you know you can eat some flowers? I’ll be honest, I hardly had a grasp on the wide variety of flowers that are edible.
So how do you tell which flowers are edible and which are not?
Quite simply, you need to do a bit of research. Sometimes just the petals are edible, sometimes the entire plant is edible including the roots! So you just need to be certain you know what you’re taking in before you do.
It should also be noted, that much of this depends on your source. For example, commercially grown cut and plant flowers are heavily treated with chemicals to keep them fresh and looking pretty. Therefore, you should never eat commercially grown flowers unless you know they are from an organic grower.
It’s much safer to grow or harvest these flowers yourself or buy from a well known organic farmer (like Oak & Ash!). I have gone as far as to organize my flower gardens by edibleness and I even have a separate one for tea! Here are are some of my favorites.