Q1. How do I know what flowers I can
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
A2. Salads, Sauces, Desserts, Soups,
Q3. What else? (for example?)
A3. Uses of Edible Flowers, by
- 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
- 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
Q4. Can you recommend some good books
on Edible Flowers?
A4. Here are 4 of the best:
1. The Edible Flower Garden (Edible
by Rosalind Creasy
Paperback – 112 pages
Periplus Editions, March 2000.
2. The Edible Flower Garden: From
Garden to Kitchen: Choosing, Growing and Cooking
by Kathy Brown, Michelle Garrett (Photographer)
Hardcover – 160 pages
Lorenz Book, May 1999
3. Edible Flowers: Desserts &
by Cathy Wilkinson Barash
Paperback – 96 pages
Fulcrum Publishers, August 1997
4. Cooking with Edible Flowers
by Miriam Jacobs
Paperback bulletin – 32 pages
A Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, 1999
Q5. What about other good websites?
A5. Edible Flower Websites: