18 Edible Flowers You Can Grow in Your Garden
These plants will help your garden look beautiful and make great additions to your favorite summer meals.
Calendulas are sometimes called “poor man’s saffron” and petals can be used as a saffron substitute while cooking. Yellow calendulas, or pot marigolds, have a less powerful flavor but can liven up meals because of their vibrant color. Too much calendula can make your meal taste bitter, so use in moderation. Check out the health benefits of calendula for soothing skin and more.
Nasturtium flowers make an excellent addition to many dishes because of their bright yellow color. This annual flower has an intense watercress or peppery flavor that makes it great to pair with cold soups and salads, or foods with a blander taste. You can also use large blossoms as an attractive bowl for accompanying condiments or sauces. Here are some easy ways to help annual flowers thrive.
Daylily blossoms have a slightly sweet flavor similar to sweet lettuce or green beans. Both the blossoms and the younger buds are edible, and can be eaten in pastas or salads. To make them easier to eat, cut into strips. It’s important to eat daylilies in moderation, as they can act as a diuretic or laxative. Be sure you’ve properly identified the flower before eating, as not all lilies are edible.
Violets can provide added beauty when arranged on plates as a garnish, but can also be eaten with the rest of your meal. The annual flowers have a refreshing wintergreen flavor. Freeze them into ice cubes to create a refreshing beverage or mix them in with cake batter or cookie dough to give the flavor an extra kick.
Several different types of rose petals are edible, though their flavors range based on the variety. Darker petals are typically richer in flavor. Use petals as a garnish on salads or desserts, or even as a topping on finger sandwiches. Here are simple tricks to grow beautiful roses.
Bee balm is a member of the mint family and has a taste like oregano and mint. It can be used as an oregano substitute in fruit and regular salads. It can also taste faintly citrusy, and the plant is sometimes called bergamot after the bergamot orange.
Tuberous begonias make for a great addition to many meals because their beauty can make a dish look more elegant and appealing. The leaves, petals, and stem can all be eaten and have a sour citrus taste. Begonia stems can be used as a substitute for rhubarb as well.