7 Edible Flowers
This spring, let your garden do double duty and add flowers to your salads. Here are seven flowers that you can bring from the garden to the table
They’re easy to grow and the flowers’ vivid reds, yellows, oranges and maroons are a bold contrast to salad greens. The petals have a strong, peppery flavour, so use sparingly.
The roots, leaves and buds have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. The leaves are a good source of vitamins A, C and K, calcium and potassium; and the flowers are a natural source of luteolin, an important flavonoid.
These dainty flowers can be used to decorate salads, but don’t be afraid to eat the odd one or two. The flowers, leaves and roots of viola species are rich in vitamins A and C and also contain the antioxidant anthocyanin.
Generally, the flowers of the older varieties, such as rugosa roses, have the most flavour-a distinctive perfumed taste. Pick off the petals and remove the bitter whitish base before adding to salads or jelly.