We would suggest avoiding edible flowers if you have severe pollen allergies. Some edible flowers are part of the celery, mustard or onion family so if you are allergic to those ingredients then those flowers should be avoided. Pregnant or breast feeding women, small children and the elderly or vulnerable should exert the same caution when trying edible flowers for the first time as when trying any other new food group.

The petals are the edible parts of flowers. The stems are merely decorative. Some such as pansies and violas are edible but others such as rose stems are unpalatable and should be removed before eating.