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Pictured: Edible Flowers in a Salad

By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT

As we head into Spring and Summer, edible flowers offer a gorgeous and delicious way to spruce up a salad, garnish a drink, and decorate cupcakes.  Make sure to use organically grown, avoiding pesticides, herbicides, and pollution.  Pick and very gently rinse blooms before use.

Here is a list of some popular edible flowers:

  • Calendula / Marigold (Calendula officinalis) – colorful and mild tangy flavor
  • Sweet William (Dianthus Barbatus) – variety of pink hues and a mildly sweet taste
  • Pansy (Viola wittrockiana) – Velvety texture with lettuce flavor
  • Viola (Viola cornuta) and Johny Jump Up (Viola tricolor) are mini-pansies
  • Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) – tastes sweet and herbaceous
  • Daisy (Bellis perennis) – mildly bitter
  • Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) – velvety with a rosy citrus flavor
  • Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) – frilly petals are sweet and mildly sharp
  • Clover (Trifolium ssp.) – sweet and don’t overeat
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)- sweet and sunny
  • Queen Ann’s Lace / wild carrot (Daucus carota) – strong and carrot flavored
  • Snapdragon (Antirrhinum ssp.) – snappy and sweet
  • Bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea cyanus) – brilliant color and lettuce like flavor
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – strong citrus flavor with a bit of spiciness
  • Borage (Borago officinalis) – blue star flowers with a cucumber melon flavor
  • Hibiscus Hibiscus (Rosa-sinensis) – strongly bitter, makes a delicious red hued tea
  • Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) – amazing orange and yellow hues and a spicy sweet flavor
  • Cornflower (Centaurea cynaus) – beautiful opaque blue and slightly sweet
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annus) – sunshiny and bittersweet
  • Stock (Matthiola incana) – fragrant aroma carries over into the flavor
  • Passionflower – (Passiflora ssp.) – colorful with a sweet fruity taste
  • Rose (Rosa ssp.) – sweet with flavors varying with species
  • Primrose (Primula vulgaris ) – tastes mild and sweet

Hungry for more?  Try this Flower Power Salad Recipe.  Or, for more information, here are some interesting links: