Part of the joys of owning a garden is been able to use the produce from your never ending love and devotion. Edible flowers are one of the special treats you can grow and a must have in any kitchen garden. Let’s take a look at how to grow edible flowers.
How to Grow Edible Flowers – Bit of Caution
The primary purpose of edible flowers is for decoration and aesthetic appeal. However many edible flowers can be eaten fresh directly from the garden, without any cooking.
It is for this reason we would like to recommend you use organic fertilizers and no pesticides on your edible flower garden. Ideally, you would grow them separately, apart from the rest of the inedible plants. This way, you can still apply any pesticides, thereby protecting the inedible parts of the garden. And not compromising the edible plants and flowers.
Apart from the above warning, we also recommend giving the flowers a good rinse under some fresh water to make sure you don’t get any unexpected surprises. The number of stories we have heard from our readers writing in about finding caterpillars or spiders in their salads!
Enough of the red tape! Let’s get on with our favorite edible flowers list!
Edible Flowers – Our Favorites
Beautiful and edible, pansies are a great inclusion in any edible garden. Gardeners primary use them in garden beds, as they are low growing flowers that are ideal for injecting color around the ground.
Pansies come in a range of colors. This makes them very versatile for dessert dishes or decoration around cakes.
Although Pansies can be consumed, their taste is rather bitter and not at all sweet like their appearance would suggest. It is for this reason they are primarily used for aesthetics in cooking. As opposed to complementing a dishes taste.
Another popular edible is the nasturtium flower. The more common colors of the nasturtium flowers is orange or red (pictured above).
Known for their delicate peppery taste, the nasturtium flowers are great additions to fresh salads. Not only do they add some flavor to the salad, they also make the salad pop with color.
As a bonus, the leaves of the nasturtium plant are also edible, making this plant a very practical and useful plant to have in your kitchen garden.
Another MGD favorite is the marigold flower. They have a slight citrus taste, and are therefore perfect to include in a fresh salad or on top of a citrus cake, such as lemon slices (or we prefer a flourless orange cake!)
Not only is this little gem of a flower edible, they will also bring many other benefits to your garden. Marigolds are hardly little plants, that are disease resistant and attract bees. And as most gardeners know, if you can hear the bees working around the garden, you must be doing something right.
Allium, otherwise known as the flowers of onion bulbs) are a surprisingly versatile edible flower. This is one flower that is better suited to the savory dishes like potato salads and homemade dips.
To harvest these flowers, simply pluck off the main flower head from the main stem and either pick off each individual miniature flower and scatter in the salad. Alternatively, you can have a few flower heads on top of the salad as garnish.
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)
These cute little dainty flowers grow profusely on the Brahmi plant. Not a very well known edible flower, but edible nonetheless. The Brahmi flowers actually have a sweet taste and are a nice complement to any green salads. It is surprising how sweet and delicate the taste is, given the leaves of the Brahmi plant (also edible) are quite tart and can be bitter.
Brahmi actually has some health benefits and it has been documented that regular consumption of the Brahmi plant (leaves and flowers) can give you a mental brain boost.
Some tips on how to grow edible flowers on the Brahmi plant is position them in a cool, semi-shaded spot. And always ensure to keep the water levels up to prevent drying out of the plant.
Squash blossoms (also known as zucchini flowers) are a dish in themselves.
Unlike the previous edible flowers that have a distinct taste, the Squash Blossoms are used for their practical aspects. When harvested at the right time, they make a perfect container like shape that can be stuffed (usually with ricotta cheese) and baked into a delicious meal. Alternatively, they can be battered and deep fried into tempura like delicacies.
You can really lift your ordinary dishes into gourmet delights by simply adding in some edible flowers. Wow your guests and take it to the next level, by growing your edible flowers in your very own kitchen garden.
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