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Q1. How do I know what flowers I can eat?

A1. First thing is – if you’re not sure if you have the right flower, or if you can’t positively identify it – don’t. Check out our list for those that are OK, or there are several good books which we have listed below.

Q2. What principally can I use edible flowers for?

A2. Salads, Sauces, Desserts, Soups, Jellies, Teas

Q3. What else? (for example?)

A3. Uses of Edible Flowers, by Kate Seaver

  • Tulips, once the stamen is removed, can be partially dipped in chocolate and stuffed with lavender and cream (n.b. may cause allergic reactions in some people)
  • You can candy poppies using corn syrup and arabic gum and then sprinkle powdered sugar on top before they have dried .
  • Sprinkle blossoms on salads, soups, cheese spreads and dips, rice and pasta dishes or flavoured butters.
  • Use Lemon verbena, lavender and roses for ice cream, cakes and punches.
  • Put Lavender spikes in champagne!
  • Eat nasturtiums, primroses, borage and dandelion raw in salads.
  • To Candy violets - Whisk an egg white, then use a brush to paint a fine layer onto +clean, dry, pesticide free flower petals or whole flowers if they are very small. Next gently place the petals into some superfine sugar, and sprinkle the superfine sugar on top. Shake off the excess and let it out on waxed paper to dry. This takes eight hours.

Q4. Can you recommend some good books on Edible Flowers?

A4. Here are 4 of the best:

1. The Edible Flower Garden (Edible Garden Series)
by Rosalind Creasy
Paperback – 112 pages
Periplus Editions, March 2000.
ISBN: 9625932933

2. The Edible Flower Garden: From Garden to Kitchen: Choosing, Growing and Cooking Edible Flowers
by Kathy Brown, Michelle Garrett (Photographer)
Hardcover – 160 pages
Lorenz Book, May 1999
ISBN: 1859678793

3. Edible Flowers: Desserts & Drinks
by Cathy Wilkinson Barash
Paperback – 96 pages
Fulcrum Publishers, August 1997
ISBN: 155591389X

4. Cooking with Edible Flowers
by Miriam Jacobs
Paperback bulletin – 32 pages
A Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, 1999
ISBN: 1580172695

Q5. What about other good websites?

A5. Edible Flower Websites:


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