By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

17 Surprising Ways Flowers Can Make Your Food Look Even Prettier.

In addition to looking absolutely magnificent in your garden, flowers can add a tremendous amount of beauty and flavor to your kitchen table. Here, we've compiled a list of 17 edible flower recipes for you to experiment with. First, let's learn a few of the basics on cooking with edible flora.

Where To Buy

The best place to find an abundance of affordable, edible flowers is at a farmer's market. Many times, grocery stores don't carry floral edibles, and the farmer's market carries the added bonus of having vendors to talk to about which flowers taste best with which recipes. If you don't have a farmer's market nearby, you can also find places to order them online.

Cleaning and Storing

  1. Remove excess dirt from the flowers and wash in a bowl of cold water.

  2. Let flowers air dry on a paper tower.

  3. If you're not using them immediately, you can store the flowers in an airtight container lined with paper towels. They should keep for about a week.

Which Ones to Eat

If you're unsure about which flowers to cook with, the rule of thumb is that flowers taste like they smell. Edible flowers include rose petals, angelica, anise hyssop, allium, arugula, bachelor’s button, basil, bee balm, borage, chervil, geranium, dianthus, carnations, chicory, calendula, chrysanthemum, clover, dill, dandelion, fennel, English daisies, hibiscus, holly hocks, jasmine, impatiens, violets, pansies, sage, violas, lilac, lavender, lemon verbana, chamomile and nasturtium leaves.

Now that you're equipped with all the edible flower info you'll ever need, here are some great recipes to try this spring and summer - #16 is absolutely perfect.

#1. Squash Blossom, Avocado, and Butter Lettuce Salad

#2. Apricot Tartines With Violas

#3. Blossom Tisane - Chamomile and Lavender Flowers

#4. The Whole Garden Salad

#5. Candied Rose Petals

#6. Tempura Flowers

#7. Flower Popsicles

#8. Lilac Scones

#9. Garden Spring Rolls

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