guide to edible flowers

Guide to Edible Flowers

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 these shores!), but still has plenty relevance for anyone living in the northern hemisphere!  Think dandelions, sunflowers, nasturtiums, lilacs and more.

Guide to Edible Flowers

edible flowers guide

Were there any surprises here for you?  I personally had no ideas 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, if you’re looking to make a start with edible flowers, and I will keep you posted with any other floral recipes that I try.

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.

1 comment

  1. Pansies are edible too! They look so pretty in salads or to decorate cakes!

    Some of the bee-friendly flowers I have in my garden are also edible apparently, like cornflowers & some of the marigolds – though I can’t say I’ve tried them yet! Maybe I should, because my cornflowers have gone wild!

    Lorna ✿ http://www.naturally-bee.blogspot.co.uk

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