Abutilon flowers are stunningly beautiful and exotic looking blooms which work so well on a wedding or other celebration cake. They have a mild citrus sweet cos like flavour and are also fabulous for tea.
You can buy abutilon flowers in summer HERE and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.
Please do your research. Only the petals of certain varieties are edible. The rest of the plant (other than the petals) is poisonous. Aquilegia flowers are lovely tossed in salads and adorning cocktails. You can buy aquilegia flowers HERE and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.
These flowers are about the same size as an apricot and beautiful shades of peach, orange, yellow and cream. They are very fleshy in texture and have the most incredible citrus flavour. Sharp and sour and supposedly not disimilar to a cooking apple hence the fact that they are sometimes, rather confusingly, referred to as apple blossom.
The individual florets have a strong onion flavour which is lovely in salads and particularly good with eggs. They are fabulous folded into omelettes or scrambled eggs. A favourite recipe here is chive flower vinegar. Stunning Barbie pink colour with a delicious allium taste, it is perfect for salad dressings. The recipe is here.
Garland Chrysanthemum or Shungiku have a crazy Magic Roundabout quality to them. Very pretty in salads where the small leaves are edible too. The petals are very delicate and like a lot of the daisy family they are nyctinastic which means they close up at night and when cold.
Coriander flowers have the same flavour as the leaves and are produced in masses of tiny white delicate fronds which make a beautiful and delicate garnish for many dishes. They don’t hold well so are not suited to cakes but lovely added late in the day to adorn many dishes.
Slightly sweet almost spicy clove like taste. Cornflowers come in a range of pink, blue, mauve, white and almost black. They crystalise well so are great for cupcakes and make a fabulous petal confetti.
Lovely crunchy bite to salads or floating in summer drinks. The small leaves are also edible and nice in a salad. Supposedly similar to mango but I don’t get that. THE SULPHUREUS IS THE ONLY EDIBLE VARIETY LISTED AND THEREFORE THAT WE SELL ALTHOUGH I AM AWARE OF OTHER EDIBLE FLOWER GROWERS SELLING OTHER VARIETIES.
Courgette (Cucurbita pepo var. courgette or marrow)
Courgette flowers have a sweet nutty flavour and are robust enough to use in tempura, for stuffing or folding into pasta dishes. We don’t sell courgette flowers as they wilt too much in transport. I would suggest contacting your local organic farmer to source.
A lovely range of strong colours for late summer. Related to sunflowers the petals are a pretty addition to salads and have a slightly bitter taste. Stunning as statements on wedding cakes as well. You can buy dahlias HERE.
The common daisy has some wonderful modern cultivars that come in a range of reds and pinks and white. The petals are not particularly intense in flavour but make a lovely garnish for both sweet and savoury dishes.
The petals of day lilies have a wonderful sweet crunch and are used in a lot of recipes from East Asian where the plant originated. The buds can be sliced across and eaten or the petals can be removed once the flower has opened.
These petals can be steeped in wine, sugar, or use as cake decoration. To use the surprisingly sweet petals in desserts, cut them away from the bitter white base of the flower. Lovely for petal confetti. You can buy dianthus flowers HERE.
Perhaps one of the most famous of all the edible flowers and used to make Elderflower Cordial. Also a beautiful frilly garnish for decorating cakes, cocktails and desserts and wonderful for makeing elderflower vinegar or gin.
One of my absolute favourites and also hugely popular with the honey and bumble bees. Crunchy bites of garlic, very similar to wild garlic in the Spring but in late summer. Fabulous with all things savoury. You can never have too much garlic right!
Gladiolus are beautiful flags of crunchy sweetness. Really not what you expect tastewise. The flowers have a very sweet floral lettuce flavour. They are beautiful as decorations on cakes or the individual petals can be used within salads or as garnishes. To order click HERE
English lavender is superior for culinary use and French Lavender for the perfume industry. Lavender is famous for its use in English sweet dishes such as shortbread but it is also a fabulous substitute for savoury herbs such as rosemary or thyme and is fabulous with lamb, chicken or game. It also makes a stunning syrup for cocktails.
Both the flowers and leaves have a lovely spicy flavour and the flowers come in a range of fabulous hot colours which look fabulous in a salad. If the stigma and stamens are carefully removed then the flowers can be stuffed with guacamole or cream cheese. You can buy nasturtium flowers HERE and also see recipe ideas and suggestions. We also sell nasturtium leaves which are available HERE.
Pansies are the most colourful of all the edible flowers and extremely versatile. They have a long flowering period, come in wide range of flowers, crystallise beautifully and can be used whole or just as individual petals. You can buy edible pansy flowers HERE.
Roses have had culinary uses for centuries. They vary enormously in flavour but generally the more scented the better the flavour will be. They are fabulous in jam, cakes and crystallised. You can buy roses HERE and rose petals HERE and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.
Great colour with almost orchid like ‘faces’. Slightly bitter flavour not unlike chicory. Perfect for clipping onto the rim of cocktail glasses. You can buy snapdragon flowers HERE and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.
Sunflower petals have a great bittersweet nutty flavour and a good crunch. They add a fabulous burst of colour to salads, pasta dishes or a stirfry. Sunflower buds can also be cooked and are not dissimilar to Jerusalem Artichokes in flavour. Please phone to check availability of sunflowers.
Tagetes are members of the marigold family. They have a citrus flavour and distinctive ‘marmalade’ perfume which work with both with sweet and savoury dishes. Tagetes are available to buy HERE. We also sell large tagetes HERE.
Tulips come in a range of colours and make wonderful sweet canape ‘containers’ even for ice cream. You can buy edible tulips HERE. Don’t use shop bought tulips as they will have been heavily sprayed with toxic insecticides.
A delicate fragrant flavour and look beautiful as a Spring garnish. They also look stunning set in a jelly. You can buy wild primrose flowers HERE.
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