5 Stunning, Edible Flowers

Flowers look great in the home or in a garden, but many different types can also be eaten. We wanted to tell you about some of our favorite types of edible flowers, and the ways you can use them to inspire your cooking.

   

  

1. Hibiscus

Common in tropical locations, hibiscus are known for their large, colorful flowers. They are used to make one of the more common types of herbal teas, but have even more uses around the globe. In China, young leaves are cooked and eaten like spinach, while in India, the petals are sometime boiled with sugar to make a sweet, citrus, iced drink. Not only is this plant beautiful, but the flowers have so many uses.

2. Sunflower

Most people think sunflower seeds are the only edible part of the plant. The seeds are fairly simple to prepare: just boil, add salt, and dry. But did you know that you can eat the bud too? If you boil it, it can be eaten just like an artichoke. Try making a dip out of melted butter, garlic, and fresh herbs like tarragon or thyme. #delishdelosh!

 

   

  

   

  

3. Rose

Roses are actually in the same family (Rosacea) as almonds, apricots, apples, and many different kinds of berries. Roses are not only great as a gift for a loved one, but are also edible. Typically, the darker the flower, the more intense the flavor. If you cut off the bitter white ends of the petals, the flowers can be used to make your salad a bit more colorful, or they can be candied with sugar and placed on a dessert.

 

   

  

4. Squash Blossom

Squash blossoms, as the name suggests, are the flowers from the cucurbita plant, more commonly known as squash. These yellow flowers taste similar to squash, but more subtle. The best way to eat these is deep fried with a hint of lemon on top. Try stuffing the flowers with cheese and herbs too as a great side dish.

 

   

  

5. Dandelion

You may think dandelions are just pesky weeds, but they are actually much more. Modest, convenient, and versatile are words to describe these yellow lawn-infiltrators. Dated back to medieval times, these flowers were used for their medicinal purposes. Now, it has been found that the whole plant is edible and the leaves taste just like arugula. The flowers can be added into a stir fry or put on a salad too. And the most interesting: dandelion wine can be made by boiling and fermenting these flowers.

 

We can’t wait to grow some of these flowers in our Íko systems in the near future. They’ll look beautiful in the home all year long, and they’ll taste great too.

 

Check out the links below to find where to get these flowers, and some great recipes!

1. Hibiscus

Where to buy seeds:

https://www.amazon.com/Organic-Hibiscus-sabdariffa-Roselle-Seeds-Non-GMO

Where to buy tree:

https://www.amazon.com/Pure-Garden-Inch-Hibiscus-Flowers

Recipes for hibiscus drinks:

https://www.yummly.com/recipes/hibiscus-tea-drink

 

2. Sunflower

Where to buy seeds:

https://www.amazon.com/Package-Sunflower-Mixture-Varieties-Helianthus

Where to buy flowers:

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Days-Sunflower-Bouquet

Video of how to make sunflower artichoke:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL8uxij94mc

 

3. Rose

Where to buy seeds:

https://www.amazon.com/Grande-Amore-Rose-Repeat-Blooming

Where to buy flowers:

https://www.amazon.com/ProFlowers-Count-Dozen-Ginger-Flowers

Recipe for candied roses:

https://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/the-old-fashioned-way-sugared-roses/

 

4. Squash Blossom

Where to buy seeds:

https://www.amazon.com/Davids-Garden-Seeds-Prolific-Straightneck

Recipe for fried, goat cheese-stuffed squash blossoms:

https://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/goat-cheese-stuffed-squash-blossoms

 

5. Dandelion

Where to buy seeds:

https://www.amazon.com/Dandelion-Seed-Collection-Package-Needs

Dandelion wine recipe:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/162202/dandelion-wine/

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