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It痴 Okay to Eat the Lavender Flowers. Madeline Wajda Adams County Master Gardener As gardeners, we tend to think of lavender as a beautiful plant with a lovely scent—great for bringing in fresh for bouquets or drying for crafts.

It痴 Okay to Eat the Lavender Flowers

What we sometimes fail to remember is that lavender is also a food with a delicate edible flower. The early Greeks and Romans ate lavender, and the eating of lavender continued in Europe until the latter half of the 19th century. "Edible Landscaping Online" Edible Flowers. If you feel like growing flowers, why not try growing some of the edible flowers?

Edible Flowers

Chances are, you will already have some growing in the garden already, and just not realised that they are edible! One of the big benefits of growing edible flowers is that we know they are safe for little children, especially toddlers - and they love the bright colours and pretty shapes of the flowers too. Nasturtiums are a good example of safe flowers to grow with toddlers, as they are completely edible. The seeds (nice and large for little fingers) are used as a pepper subsitute, while the leaves and flowers can be added to salads. One thing though before you go raiding your flower garden for edibles - make sure you are VERY familiar with the poisonous flowers and if in doubt, don't eat.

Warning: people with allergies such as asthma or hayfever are better off avoiding eating edible flowers as it can set off a reaction. Edible wild plants. Guide to Eating Flowers. Sidebar: Edible Flowers List Edible Flower Recipes: • Pork Chops with Sage Flowers • Lilac Flower Sorbet • Chocolate Cake with Mint Flowers • Sautéed Portabella Mushrooms and Anise Hyssop Florets • Chive Blossom Broad Beans More: How to Candy Flowers I remember eating flowers as a small child.

Guide to Eating Flowers

I recall the pure, sweet flavor of a rose petal and the clovelike spiciness of a dianthus flower plucked from the garden. Far more flowers show up on dinner plates now than they did ten years ago, when I first started working with edible flowers. If you think that herb flowers are a pretty but superfluous part of the plant, think again. Given that more than 70 kinds of plants (and their cultivars) produce flowers that are safe to eat, the culinary possibilities are almost limitless. When I began to cook with flowers, I used one kind at a time. Organic Recipes, Organic Food, Local Food, Small Farms, Family Farms, Edible...

Plants that Taste as Good as they Look. Pretty trees with can't-miss fruit Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken Many fruit trees are breathtakingly beautiful when in bloom in spring, but few fruit trees can hold their own in the landscape as year-round ornamentals without needing various sprays to bear their delectable bounty. Two attractive trees with delicious, care-free fruit are juneberry and Cornelian cherry. Some species of juneberry are native to every state in the contiguous United States. Juneberry, as the name implies, ripens in many areas in June. Juneberry is a common ornamental tree, but its tasty berries are often overlooked. Juneberry stands out in all seasonsName: Amelanchier spp. and cvs.Zones: 3 to 9Habit: TreeTaste: SweetFruit: Appears in summer; only one tree is required for fruit. Edible Flowers, How to choose Edible Flowers, Eatable Flowers, Edible Flower Chart, List of Edible Flowers, Incredible Edible Flowers.

Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine Photo of edible flowers picked in Linda's garden in July (lavender, thyme, dill, cilantro, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chives, and basil).

Edible Flowers, How to choose Edible Flowers, Eatable Flowers, Edible Flower Chart, List of Edible Flowers, Incredible Edible Flowers

After falling out of favor for many years, cooking and garnishing with flowers is back in vogue once again. Flower cookery has been traced back to Roman times, and to the Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Indian cultures. Edible flowers were especially popularin the Victorian era during Queen Victoria's reign. Today, many restaurant chefs and innovative home cooks garnish their entrees with flower blossoms for a touch of elegance. One very important thing that you need to remember is that not every flower is edible.

In fact, sampling some flowers can make you very, very sick. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat. Never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. National Gardening Association. The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone.

National Gardening Association

If you see a hardiness zone in a catalog or plant description, chances are it refers to the USDA map. To find your USDA Hardiness Zone, enter your zip code or use the map below.