Don’t just stop and smell the roses, snack on them too. And vi­o­las and cal­en­du­las and hol­ly­hocks.

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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.

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