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Please eat the daisies: 13 edible flowers you should eat but probably don't

rworange | Nov 17, 201010:14 AM     32

Yep, I know this is so out of season, but while looking up info for scarlet runner beans, I found out the blossoms can be eaten and ran across this site with a list ...according to them ...of the best edible flowers
http://www.dietcrusher.com/13-edible-...

Bee balm
Calendula
Daylilies
Hollyhocks
Lavender
Marigolds
Nasturtiums
Pansies
Roses
Scarlet runner bean
Sunflowers
Squash blossoms
Violets

While I've had lavender, marigolds, nastriums, roses, pansies, violets and squash blossoms, I never considered flowers like daylilies. Hollyhocks always had that look about them that they would kill you if nibbled.

Then I started thinking about the taste of some of these flowers and the best way to use them. At the bottom of the above link was another that has a table of edible flowers, the suggested way to use them and how they TASTE.
http://www.learningherbs.com/edible_f...

For example: Pansy - Mild sweet to tart flavor

This was another link with good info about eating flowers
http://homecooking.about.com/library/...

That led to a longer list of edible flowers ... and more importantly a list of poisoous flowers ... who'd guess a buttercup could kill you.Then remove butter from the name.
http://oldfashionedliving.com/ediblef...
http://oldfashionedliving.com/poisonf...

Now a cala lily ... I always associate them with death so thank heavens I never chewed one. Deadly nightsahde ... yep ... avoid. But daffodils, azelias, gardenias, hyacynths, irus, lily of the valley, morning glories, wisteria ... they seem so pretty and innocent. Who knew danger lurked there?

I had never considered munching on apple blossoms, daisies, gardenias, or my favorite flowers ... lilacs. I'll have to try those when they come in season.

On that list is a flower I loved as a child ... honeysuckle... they really do taste like honey. I'll bet they would be lovely added to a dessert such as chocolate ice cream.

There are also links for flower recipes whick I posted on the Home cooking board

50 Best Edible Flower Recipes Ever
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/747718

Do you have any favorite edible flowers for taste as well as color?

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