Edible Flowers from the Garden


| 6/14/2016 1:56:00 PM


Nothing brightens up a salad or serves as a better garnish than edible flowers. Who can resist smiling when served a plate complete with the happy faces of some pansies or violas looking up at you?

Many restaurants are taking advantage of this phenomenon and including chives, calendulas, clovers, nasturtiums and marigolds in their meals. If you want to truly astonish your guest at your next dinner party, it might be time to include some edible flowers in the menu.

There are actually quite a number of flowers that are edible. Besides the squash blossoms and day lillies that most of us are familiar with, there are some easy to plant and even beneficial blooms that can be incorporated into a garden.

Marigolds planted right in the beds with all of the brasiccas (broccoli, Brussel's sprouts, cabbages and cauliflower) help greatly to keep the cabbage moth away. Two varieties — 'Lemon Gem' and 'Tangerine Gem' — put out lovely flowers that don't have much of a taste but dress up a dish with pizzaz. The plants also, when rubbed, give off a lemony scent that is a delightful aroma when wandering in the garden.

lemon & tangerine gem



Nasturtiums can be planted right in the beds with the cucumbers to help deter the cucumber beetle. These come in a variety of colors and can be served up whole or broken into pieces to add bright colors to a pasta salad or cold rice dish.



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