Edible flowers are the best! They look good, they keep the pollinators happy AND you can eat them. Check out this selection of edible flowers to get you started:
Both the flowers and leaves are edible with a peppery watercress flavor. There are a good range of varieties to grow, but they are all tasty! Use the flowers to garnish a savory meal or throw all of the aerial parts of the plant into a salad, or even better, a pesto.
Dwarf Jewel Nasturtium
Gorgeous blue and purple flowers are edible in salads and make a delicious, soothing tea. High end restaurants freeze individual flowers in ice cubes for fancy cocktails!
Johnny Jump Up Viola
These tiny edible beauties will be the first to bloom in your garden, and have been known to poke their pretty faces through snow. Make a beautiful syrup for cocktails or cakes or garnish with them! They're also delicious when candied.
A little know secret is that these delicate flowers can be eaten baked, fried, stuffed, in soup, salad or any way you can think of! There are lots of squash plants to choose from, so grow some squash and eat some flowers!
Bee balm can add a spicy flavor to a salad or steeped as a delicious summer tea. The pollinators really love this one too!
Written by Sow True Seed’s Farmer-Garden Expert, Chloe Smith