Edible Flowers

Common Edible Flowers 

  1. Cornflower – A sweet-to-spicy clove-like flavour.
  2. Dahlia – Flavours range from water chestnut and spicy apple to carrot.
  3. Hibiscus – Great addition to fruit salads or to make a citrus-flavoured tea.
  4. Honeysuckle – Enjoy the nectar fresh, or use petals make a syrup, pudding, or a tea.
  5. Magnolia – The young flowers can be pickled or used fresh in salads.
  6. Nasturtium – Tasting peppery, like watercress, these make a lovely salad addition.
  7. Pansy – Mild and fresh-tasting, they’re great in a green salad or as a garnish.
  8. Rose – Lovely in drinks, fruit dishes, jams, and jellies thanks to its delicate fragrance.
  9. Scented Geraniums– The flavours range from citrussy to a hint of nutmeg.
  10. Cape Jasmine – Extremely fragrant, they’re ideal for pickling, preserving, and baking.
  11. Chive flowers


10 Unusual Edible Flowers 

  1. Forget-me-not– Delicious as a trail snack on its own or as a garnish.
  2. Sunflower– The mild nutty taste makes the petals good in salads or stir fries.
  3. Hollyhock – Remove the centre stamen (eg pollen) before eating.
  4. Lilac – Enjoy mixed with cream cheese or yogurt as a dip or spread.
  5. Camellia – Used fresh as garnishes or dried and then used in Asian cuisine.
  6. Fuchsia – Enhance the flavour by removing all green and brown bits and the stamen.
  7. Freesia – Great infused in a tisane with lemon juice and zest.
  8. Gladiolus – Mild in taste (similar to lettuce), they’re good in sweet or savoury dishes.
  9. Peony – The petals taste lovely fresh in salads, or lightly cooked and sweetened.
  10. Alpine pinks – Tasting of clove, they’re good in flavoured sugars, oils and vinegars.


Poisonous flowers you should NEVER eat

  1. Daffodil – Eating any part of a daffodil will cause distress due to the toxin, lycorine.
  2. Poppy – Give these a wide berth as all poppies are poisonous.
  3. Foxglove – These contain naturally-occurring poisons that affect the heart.
  4. Oleander – The whole plant is highly-toxic – one of the most toxic garden plants in fact.
  5. Clematis – Mild, but toxic, contact with clematis (mouth or skin) can cause irritation.
  6. Bluebell – All parts of the bluebell contains toxic glycosides.
  7. Rhododendron – Its toxins can impact heart rhythm and blood pressure.
  8. Larkspur – Its toxic alkaloids are fast-acting and potentially life-threatening.
  9. Hydrangea – The small amount of cyanide in Hydrangeas make them dangerous.
  10. Lily-of-the-Valley – Pretty, but they contain convallatoxin, which should not be ingested.

From https://www.thompson-morgan.com/edible-flowers