Upper North Shore Sydney Australia

Edible Flowers from your Garden

Beautiful edible flowers are primarily used as a garnish to add colour and interest to a dish. Sprinkled onto salads, desserts or frozen into ice cubes they add visual interst.

Flowers for food must be free of pesticides, any garden critters or soil.  Be sure to gently wash the flowers in running water first.  Then soak in a bowl of chilled water to which you have added 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and white vinegar for about quarter of an hour.

If you have hay fever, asthma or allergies, do not eat flowers, or do so cautiously because of potential reaction to their pollen.  Removing the (inedible) stamen can assist.  

Be cautious, only try a small amount, one or two petals first time round.  Avoid flowers that taste too bitter or caustic.  Choose flowers that have been identified as safe and check the cultivar name to be sure.

Flavours can vary with growing conditions and cultivars.  Conduct a taste test before harvesting a large amount of flowers.  For maximum colour and flavour choose flowers at their peak, pick in the coolest time of the day and after any dew has evaporated.  Try to use them within 3 hours of picking.

To maintain maximum freshness try to keep flowers cool after harvest.  Long-stem flowers could be placed in a vase of cold water.  Short-stemmed flowers and petals could be lightly wrapped in damp kitchen towels, placed in a plastic bag, and stored in your refrigerator.

Common Name

Botanical Name

Primary use

Anise Hyssop

Agastache foeniculum

Herb

Arugula

Eruca vesicaria

Vegetable

Apple Blossom

Malus

Fruit

Basil

Ocimum basilicum

Herb

Bee balm

Monardo didyma

Herb

Begonia (only tuberous)

Begonia x tuberhybrida

Flower

Borage

Borago officinalis

Herb

Broccoli

Brassica oleracea

Vegetable

Calendula

Calendula officinalis

Flower

Camelia

Camelia Japonica

Flower

Caper

Capparis spinosa

Vegetable

Cauliflower

Brassica

Vegetable

Carnations

Dianthus species

Flower

Chamomile

Chamaemelum nobile

Herb

Chives

Allium schoenoprasum

Herb

Chickory

Cichorium intybus

Herb

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Flower

Corn flowers

Centaurea cyanus

Flower

Courgette

Cucurbito pep species

Vegetable

Daylily

Hemerocallis species

Flower

Dandelion

Taraxacum officinal

Herb

Dianthus

Dianthus species

Flower

Dill

Anethum graveolens

Herb

Elderflower

Sambacus nigra

Flower

Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Vegetable

Fushia

Fuschia magellanica

Flower

Garlic

Allium sativum

Vegetable

Geranium

Pelargonium species

Flower

Globe artichoke

Cynara scolymus

Vegetable

Gladioli

Gladiolus

Flower

Heartsease

Viola tricolour

Flower

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Flower

Honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica

Flower

Lavender

Lavendula officinalis

Herb

Lemon balm

Melissa officinalis

Herb

Lilac

Syringa vulgaris

Herb

Lovage

Levisticum officinale

Herb

Lynden

Tilia

Flower

Marigold, French only

Tagetes tenuifolia

Flower

Mint

Mentha

Herb

Mustard

Brassica species

Herb

Nasturtium

Tropaeolum majus

Flower

Pansies

Viola X wittrockiana

Flower

Pea (not sweet pea)

Pisum

Vegetable

Petunia

Petunia hybrida

Flower

Plum Blossom

Prunus species

Fruit

Primrose

Primula vulgari

Flower

Radish

Raphanus sativus

Vegetable

Red clover

Trifolium pratense

Herb

Rocket

Eruca sativa

Vegetable

Roselle

Hibiscus sabdariffa

Flower

Rose

Rosa species

Flower

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

Herb

Runner bean

Phaseolus coccineus

Vegetable

Sage pineapple

Salvia elegans

Herb

Salvia

Salvia officianalis

Herb

Snapdragon

Antirrhinum species

Flower

Squash

Cucurbito pep species

Vegetable

Stock

Matthiola incana

Flower

Strawberry

Fragaria ananassa

Fruit

Sunflower

Helianthus annuus

Flower

Sun Jewels

Portulaca grandiflora

Flower

Sweet William

Dianthus barbatus

Flower

Tarragon

Artemesia dracunculus

Herb

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Herb

Tulip

Tulip species

Flower

Violets

Viola odorata

Flower

Viola

Viola species

Flower

Waterlilies

Nymphaea species

Flower

 

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