guide to edible flowers

I’ve got a great guide to edible flowers for you today!

If you’ve been reading Moral Fibres semi-regularly then you’ll know that I’m into foraging.  From nettles to elderflowers and elderberries, to sloes and blackberries and everything in between, it’s becoming a bit of a passion of mine.  Free food – what’s not to love about it?!

Whilst reading about foraging online (as you do!) I came across this handy guide to edible flowers on the blog Illustrated Bites.  Illustrated Bites is the creation of US illustrator Heather Diane, and combines her love of food with her love of illustration.  Her recipes and posts use seasonal produce, which is another love of mine.  And although there haven’t been any new posts in a little while, there is a word of a book coming out next year, which is very exciting!

Heather’s guide to edible flowers is a little US-orientated. There aren’t so many hibiscus flowers on our UK shores after all! However, her guide still holds plenty of relevance for anyone living in the northern hemisphere!  Think dandelions, sunflowers, nasturtiums, lilacs, and more, which are all common in the UK.

A Handy Guide to Edible Flowers

edible flowers guide

Were there any edible flower surprises here for you?  I personally had no idea that lilacs are edible.  Also, sunflower petals and buds were a big surprise too!  I must remember this when we grow sunflowers next year!

I have a recipe in my archives for boozy elderflower cordial that is really easy to make, and so delicious. It’s a great place to begin if you’re looking to make a start with edible flowers. I will keep you posted with any other floral recipes that I try – like my pickled cucumbers with fennel flowers recipe.

If you have any recipes for edible flowers then please do also share in the comments below!  Also, do add any other edible flowers that you like to use in your cooking, as I am sure there are heaps more!

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