Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Edible Flowers - A Salad in Your Own Garden!

Flowers are high in vitamins and minerals and all are rich in nectar & pollen.
Rose hips have a high in vitamin C content, as well as nasturtium & marigolds.
Dandelion flowers contain vitamins A and C. Add them to your salads!!

Edible flowers should be picked in the morning after the dew has gone. You should pick fully open flowers, and of course, should sample several different varieties of flowers before harvesting.
Never eat flowers that have been in contact with any chemicals and poisons such as pesticides or herbicides. Organic is the way to go!

Much like growing grapes for making wine, flowers of the same variety but grown in different locations will have slightly different tastes, due to varying soil types & environmental conditions.

Flowers might also taste a little different at the end of the growing season too, and can vary from year to year.
The best part you ask!!! Flowers are mostly free of calories!

....NEVER eat ANYTHING from the garden if you don’t know what it is first!!

List of Some Edible Flowers

Bachelor button
Bee balm
Borage
Calendula
Chamomile
Chive flowers
Dandelion
Daylily
Dianthus
Hibiscus
Hollyhock
Impatiens
Lavender
Lilac
Marigold
Mint
Nasturtium
Pansy
Roses -Rose hips
Sage
Squash blossom
Violet

2 comments:

me said...

Hi, Karen!
I have tasted the flowers of Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) several times; they are very delicate AND decorative!
Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

KarenSloan-WallFlowerStudio said...

Hi, Mirna!
They are just as you say! And, I appreciate you adding the latin name, too..I neglected to put that in my descriptions!
You must have a glorious garden in your part of the world. Lovely!
Thank's for visiting,
Karen

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