The famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen once said “just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” When you grow flowers in your garden, you will have many little flowers. And to your surprise you may find that many are in fact edible. Flowers are as delicious as they are beautiful.
When picking flowers from your garden, pick them in the morning after the dew has dried or in the late afternoon before the sun has set. Gently wash them in a bowl of cold water. Air dry the flowers on a paper towel. Then they can be stored in a plastic container in the refrigerator.
Before you eat flowers, make sure you can identify the plant. Never eat any part of a plant unless you can positively identify it. Once you know that the flowers are edible, eat only the petals as the rest of the flower is often bitter in taste.
Flowers can be added to salads, tapioca, jams, tarts and desserts. You can also add flowers to the dough of fresh pasta, for cake decorating even when making ice-cream.
Note: Always choose organic spray free flowers. Don’t eat flowers from a florist unless they are organic or from a busy roadside as they may be covered in pollutants from passing vehicles.