Edible Roses: Beautiful and Delicious Garden Features

Roses are beautiful additions to any garden, and petals and rose hips can also add to your cooking.


| March 8, 2013



Eat Your Yard

In “Eat Your Yard! Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs and Flowers for Your Landscape,” author Nan K. Chase shares her first-hand experience with gardening, landscaping ideas and special culinary uses for fruit trees. Recipes for edible garden plants include the crabapple and quince, nut trees, such as the chestnut and almond, and herbs and vines like the bay, grape, lavender, mint, and thyme. She instructs how to harvest pawpaw, persimmon, and other wildflowers for your meal as well as figs, kumquats, olives and other favorites.


Cover Courtesy Gibbs Smith

Eat Your Yard! (Gibbs Smith, 2010) has information on 35 edible plants that offer the best of both landscape and culinary uses. Edible garden plants provide spring blossoms, colorful fruit and flowers, lush greenery, fall foliage, and beautiful structure, but they also offer fruits, nuts, and seeds that you can eat, cook, and preserve. Roses are especially delightful for creating an edible landscape, as shown in the following excerpt. 

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Eating Roses

The rose is a botanical mothership with connections to much of what grows in our gardens: everything from nec­tarines to strawberries.

“Queen of flowers!” one source exclaims.

Roses have universal appeal for the intense perfume and entrancing beauty of their flowers. They also help pollination among other plants.





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