Food & Entertaining - Garden to Table

Plant edible flowers in your garden

By
Judith Adam
Photography by
Roger Yip

Tantalize the senses by adding romantic edible flowers to your next dish

Chive (Allium schoenoprasum)
Perennial, Zone 3
Colour + flavour: Lavender-pink to purple; mild onion
Uses + comments: Use single petals in salads, sprinkle on cheese

Borage (Borago officinalis)
Annual
Colour + flavour: Blue; crisp cucumber
Uses + comments: Use whole flowers in salads, float in punch; possible diuretic effect

Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Annual
Colour + flavour: Yellow to orange; tangy and peppery
Uses + comments: Use single petals in salads, sprinkle on fruit
and cheese

Bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea cyanus)
Annual
Colour + flavour: Blue; mild vegetable flavour
Uses + comments: Use single petals in salads, sprinkle on fruit
and cheese

Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Tree, Zone 5
Colour + flavour: Pink; bean-like to tart apple
Uses + comments: Use whole blossoms in salads

Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile syn. Anthemis nobilis)
Perennial, Zone 5
Colour + flavour: White; sweet apple
Uses + comments: Use dried whole flowers for tea; may irritate ragweed allergy

Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Perennial, Zone 3
Colour + Flavour: Blue; mildly bitter, like endive
Uses + comments: Use single petals in salads, sprinkle on cheese

Summer squash, pumpkin (Cucurbita spp.)
Annual
Colour + flavour: Yellow; mild vegetable flavour
Uses + comments: Stuff whole flowers with cheese mixture, then batter and fry, or bake

Pink (Dianthus spp.)
Perennial, Zone 4
Colour + flavour: White, pink or red; sweet clove flavour
Uses + comments: Use single petals in salads, scatter over ice cream

Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa)
Perennial, Zone 5
Colour + flavour: White; little flavour
Uses + comments: Float whole flowers in punch

Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)
Perennial, Zone 4
Colour + flavour: Tawny orange; mildly sweet and crunchy
Uses + comments: Use buds in stir-fries; possible diuretic effect

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Perennial, Zone 5
Colour + flavour: Mauve to purple; strong, perfume flavour
Uses + comments: Use whole flowers in ice cream, custard, pound cake or combined with thyme and rosemary

Mint (Mentha spp.)
Perennial, Zone 4
Colour + flavour: White; strong flavour
Uses + comments: Use whole flowers in salads, float in mineral water

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