Edible flowers Good enough to eat!
Edible flowers add an exciting element to your garden – and your cooking.
EEdible flowers are colourful and fragrant, making them a useful addition to your garden. But they can also give your food and drinks a lovely twist – think of a salad garnished with nasturtiums or a cocktail finished off with pansy ice cubes. We asked Megan McCarthy, the horticulturist responsible for the vegetable garden at Boschendal Estate outside Franschhoek, to tell us more about edible flowers.
“At Boschendal, many plants are grown specifically for their edible flowers. Of all the plants we cultivate here, the edible flowers bring me the most joy. They are grown in-between the vegetables and are as much part of Boschendal’s food experience as the rest of our harvest,” she says.
All of Megan’s favourite edible flowers (see overleaf) will thrive in most regions of South Africa. >>