The 9 Best Edible Flowers for Colorful Summer Cooking
Be sure not to eat florist or foraged flowers, which likely contain pesticides and preservatives, and don’t assume every edible plant’s flowers are also edible. Here, we offer a primer to selecting nine of summer's tastiest blooms.
Taste: Faintly like cucumber. Use: A common garnish for drinks, it is also sometimes sugared and dried to garnish cakes.
Taste: Lightly spicy and clove-like. Use: Often used to decorate desserts.
Taste: Similar to very mild green onion. Use: The large decorative flower makes a beautiful garnish in salads.
Taste: Mild pepper (both leaves and flowers are edible). Use: The colorful flowers are tossed in salads or used as a finishing garnish.
Taste: As expected, a gentle pineapple flavor and aroma. Use: A tiny garnish for small composed bites or sweets.
Taste: A concentrated spicy bite. Use: To punctuate composed salads or to garnish a flavorful dish.
Taste: Traditional garlicky flavor and aroma, but milder than garlic cloves or true garlic flowers. Use: This ornamental plant doesn’t grow bulbs, but its flowers add a tasty pop to salads and many earthy dishes.
Szechuan Buzz Buttons
Taste: Herbaceous and slightly bitter. Use: Employed less for flavor and more for the tingly, buzzy sensation they create in the mouth, they also garnish cocktails or flavorful dishes.
Taste: Mild squash flavor. Use: Stuffed, battered and baked, or sliced crosswise and served raw in salads. Yellow squash blossoms make a good substitute.