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.
A delicate cucumberlike taste makes this pretty star-shaped flower an obvious choice for salads. Sometimes used in alternative medicine as an anti-inflammatory, it is one of nature’s few blue-coloured edibles.
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.
This kitchen herb produces tiny white flowers that you’ll need to snip immediately to stop the plant from setting seed. But don’t toss the blossoms-they can be added to salads.