Edible Flowers

As summer progresses, more and more flowers are blooming, adding beauty to the landscape and attracting vital pollinators to our vegetable beds. Bees, butterflies, moths, and other critters feed on the nutrient rich pollen and sweet nectar, increasing crop yields in the process. Of course, you don’t have to be an insect to enjoy the flavor of a flower; you just have to know which flowers in your garden are safe to eat and daring enough to take a nibble. Do your research first and make sure you’ve correctly identified any plant before you eat it. But the ones on our list here are pretty familiar to most gardeners, and hopefully it will spur you to get out there and harvest a few blooms for yourself!

Do you have any of the following flowers in your garden? Use this brief guide as a starting point for your next culinary creation. Add flowers to special cocktails, candies, baked goods, savory dishes, jams, jellies, pickles, and more. Click on any square to shop single varieties or opt for an Edible Flower Mix.

While this is not an exhaustive list of all the flowers you can eat, remember to research the varieties you pick and don't pop anything in your mouth that you're uncertain about! Don't eat any flowers that are likely to have been sprayed with pesticides or fungicides.

Enjoy summer's bounty in its full glory, eat a nasturtium, stuff a squash blossom, and don't forget  to smell (and taste) the roses.

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