Don’t just stop and smell the roses, snack on them too. And violas and calendulas and hollyhocks.
Use flowers to add vibrant colour and subtle flavour to your next dish.
Grow edible flowers to perk up your salads, drinks and baking – but choose and eat them wisely.
• Eat flowers only when you are 100% certain they are safe – not all flowers are edible; some are toxic.
• Don’t eat flowers from a florist or garden centre. More than likely these have been treated with pesticides and other chemicals.
• Remove pistils and stamens from flowers before eating.
• Do not eat them to excess. The phrase “too much of a good thing” applies here. Introduce edible blooms into your diet slowly.