With Recipes from “A Woman’s Garden” by Tanya Anderson
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.
So there you have it! Now there are many more varieties here but these are the ones I myself am most familiar with. For more information check out the following books on the Subject:
- The Edible Flower Garden by Rosalind Creasy
- Edible Flowers: A Kitchen Companion with Recipes by Kitty Morse
- The Edible Flower Garden: From Garden to Kitchen: Choosing, Growing and Cooking Edible Flowers by Kathy Brown
However, your best source for more on not just edible flowers, but all things plants including culinary herb gardens, flower gardens, veg patches, gardens for crafts and skincare and so. Much. MORE is Tanya Anderson’s new book, “A Woman’s Garden.”
I wrote this blog post to help highlight this truly incredible book. It’s such a beautiful and comprehensive guide for women to create the garden spaces that speak to them and bring them the most joy. She highlights not just her own garden, but many other women from around the globe. Recipes, how-tos, galleries, this book has something for every woman. Tanya, it is a treasure, thank you for making it!
I worked with Tanya to create this video for her Edible Flower Frittata & 3 Mint Mojito (with floral ice cubes). I used nearly all of the flowers I mentioned above and I still can’t get over how incredibly delicious it was! I often include a collection of edible flowers in our CSA boxes each week, and now I can recommend this recipe to help them get the most out of it. Paired with a light and refreshing mojito featuring a combination of mints, it’s a perfect brunch menu to help celebrate the riotous colors and abundance of Summer.
Thanks for taking a trip through my gardens with me and as always,
Cheers, Prost, Slainte Mhath!
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