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Edible flowers? Where and what...??

cocktailqueen77 Jun 26, 2007 10:49 PM

I know that lavender, pansies, and orchids can be edible, but what other flowers are non-poisonous (and beautiful, or just interesting looking)?? And where can they be purchased, online preferable or at least a store that will ship overnight.


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  1. purple goddess RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 26, 2007 10:53 PM

    You can get Australian native hibiscus in syrup from http://www.bushtuckershop.com

    Obviouslt no overnight shipping.. but they are AMAZING!!!

    You drop them in a glass of champagne and the bubbles make the petals open and titn the champers an amazing deep pink.

    They are VERY sweet, tho, so I drain most of the syrup off.

    And when you get to the bottle of the glass, you can eat them!!!

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      cocktailqueen77 RE: purple goddess Jun 26, 2007 11:49 PM

      Wow...that website is a gem. Thanks for the rec!!

    2. Veggo RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 26, 2007 11:39 PM

      Gee, find my "Send me dead Flowers" post. I am a regular "agua de jamaica " fan of the wonderful, colorful, piquant hibiscus beverage, with lots of help from C'hounds!

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        Gypsyfish RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 27, 2007 12:24 AM

        We went to a place in France that preserves all kinds of fruits and flowers (Florian's outside Grasse) but the stars are rose petals and violets. You can put either in champagne or white wine- they create a stream of bubbles. Or you can put them on cakes, etc.

        1. inuksuk RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 27, 2007 12:35 AM

          Squash blossoms are edible and, I think, one of the most readily available edible flowers. In the US at least. Here is a nice recipe: http://www.strauscom.com/farmfresh/ff...

          1. tatertotsrock RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 27, 2007 12:45 AM

            I have been able to find wonderful little packages of edible flowers at Whole Foods Markets in the produce section,usually near the bunch herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme, etc), hanging just above them, in little packages, and I think they may be from Melissa's organic produce or something.
            If you have a local farmer's market, ask soemone who sells greens and lettuces and they may be able to direct you to someone who grows them or can suggest a good place that will have food quality seeds.
            I love using flowers in salads, as accents, and just to nibble on with fresh fruit..the fun thing about them is that they actually taste like the color they are..fun.
            You can also grow some yourself.
            Have fun and enjoy!

            1. Gio RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 27, 2007 03:14 AM

              Nasturtiums are edible, both flowers and leaves. They have a peppery taste and look beautiful in salads and spreads. The flowers of chives and garlic chives are edible too. I usually pull them apart to use in salads and as garnish. Others are bee balm which can be used as one would oregano, and borage which looks gorgerous in lemonade, soups and sorbets. Sweet woodruff is used to make May wine and has a wonderful aroma of new mown hay. I have it as a ground cover near our patio and it perfumes the air. Chicory buds can be pickled.

              All these flowers can be started by seed in your garden, in fact I have some interspersed in my herb garden right now. There are many more edible flowers but some have side effects so make sure you know what you're eating. Also, make sure you know the flower has not been sprayed with insecticide - or anything else! Generally speaking I would not eat any edible flower bought from a florist.

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                Glencora RE: Gio Jun 27, 2007 02:25 PM

                That's a good list. I just wanted to add a few. Calendula is easy to grow. I toss the bright orange and yellow petals into salads. It's sometimes called poor man's saffron because the dried petals look like saffron threads, though they don't taste saffron-y. Johnny jump ups are cute. I like them better than the larger pansies. Also consider violets, and small roses. Red roses smell and taste the strongest. Daylilies (not regular lilies) are large and fleshy, a bit like squash flowers. I don't really like their texture, but they look great. Watch out with borage. It can become a weed. (I just pulled out about forty "volunteers.")

              2. Joe Berger RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 27, 2007 06:53 AM


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                  tatertotsrock RE: Joe Berger Jun 27, 2007 08:25 AM

                  Sorry Joe Berger but that link has nothing to do with flowers...it's for fruit shaped like flowers...take a look.
                  We're looking for real flowers that one can eat.

                  1. re: tatertotsrock
                    cocktailqueen77 RE: tatertotsrock Jun 27, 2007 09:34 AM

                    I had forgotten about squash blossoms. There was a place we went to a long time ago that had squash blossoms stuffed with an herbed cheese (not sure what type of cheese, but it tasted like goat) then they lightly fried them...yummm!!

                    I think I might begin to grow my own edible flowers. I am up for the challenge!! I don't have the green thumb in the family (they tease me by saying I have the "brown" thumb!!) but I'll give it a shot!! Thanks to everyone!!

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                  Janet RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 27, 2007 09:45 AM

                  I have a cookbook FLOWERS IN THE KITCHEN by Susan Belsinger from Interweave Press, 1991. She first tells about the flower, then how to harvest it and last gives a recipe. It is older but you might find it on ebay or amazon.

                  I am in the San Francisco area and most of the better groceries,even Safeway, carry edible flowers. Your herbs will bloom and those blossoms can be used to cook with.

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                    cocktailqueen77 RE: Janet Jun 27, 2007 09:54 AM

                    Thanks Janet. I'll have to look up that book, I'll earn that green thumb yet!!

                  2. hannaone RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 27, 2007 02:31 PM

                    Check any local larger Asian store. Many have a variety of edible flowers, stems, leaves, roots, etc in dried, fresh and pickled versions.

                    1. SweetPea RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 28, 2007 06:01 AM

                      OK, well this is interesting. I have not been able to figure out why my dog cannot be left outside alone with the hibiscus plant. If there is a flower on it,he will eat it. I bet he wishes champagne was in his bowl!

                      1. toodie jane RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 28, 2007 10:09 AM

                        If you purchase edible flowers, make SURE they are organically grown, or labeled PESTICIDE-FREE, from a reputable source.

                        Here is a list if you want to grow your own.


                        **note the "composite flowers" in the allergy caution note at the bottom of the chart are those that look like a sunflowers, with a cushion of tiny blossoms in the center, and a collar of larger 'ray' petals surrounding it. (Picture a sunflower.)

                        1. JMF RE: cocktailqueen77 Jun 30, 2007 08:46 AM

                          Purchase a copy of the Peterson Guide to Wild Edible Plants and go for a walk i n an area that isn't too close to a road or where pesticide is sprayed and find your own. I've been foraging for all kinds of tasty plants, roots, and flowers for years to use in salads, teas, and as veggies.

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                            Viggo RE: JMF Aug 10, 2007 10:55 AM

                            I found a place called Sun Grown Organic Distributors, Inc out of San Diego.
                            They had quite a large assortment of edible flowers.


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