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Adding flowers to your food can be a nice addition of color and flavor, find januvia cod but be sure to follow these tips for eating flowers safely.

The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the Chinese, find januvia cod Greek and Romans. Find januvia cod Many cultures use flowers in their traditional cooking — think of squash blossoms in Italian food and rose petals in Indian food. Find januvia cod Adding flowers to your food can be a nice way to add color, find januvia cod flavor and a little whimsy. Find januvia cod Some are spicy, find januvia cod and some herbacious, find januvia cod while others are floral and fragrant. Find januvia cod The range is surprising. It’s not uncommon to see flower petals used in salads, find januvia cod teas, find januvia cod and as garnish for desserts, find januvia cod but they inspire creative uses as well — roll spicy ones (like chive blossoms) into handmade pasta dough, find januvia cod incorporate floral ones into homemade ice cream, find januvia cod pickle flower buds (like nasturtium) to make ersatz capers, find januvia cod use them to make a floral simple syrup for use in lemonade or cocktails. Find januvia cod (See a recipe for Dandelion Syrup here.) I once stuffed gladiolus following a recipe for stuffed squash blossoms — a little out-there, find januvia cod I know, find januvia cod but they were great. Find januvia cod So many possibilities… Eating flowers safely So. Find januvia cod As lovely as eating flowers can be, find januvia cod it can also be a little … deadly! Not to scare you off or anything. Find januvia cod Follow these tips for eating flowers safely:
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Allium All blossoms from the allium family (leeks, find januvia cod chives, find januvia cod garlic, find januvia cod garlic chives) are edible and flavorful! Flavors run the gamut from delicate leek to robust garlic. Find januvia cod Every part of these plants is edible. Angelica Depending on the variety, find januvia cod flowers range from pale lavender-blue to deep rose and have a licorice-like flavor. Anise hyssop Both flowers and leaves have a subtle anise or licorice flavor. Arugula Blossoms are small with dark centers and with a peppery flavor much like the leaves. Find januvia cod They range in color from white to yellow with dark purple streaks. Bachelor’s button Grassy in flavor, find januvia cod the petals are edible. Find januvia cod Avoid the bitter calyx. Basil Blossoms come in a variety of colors, find januvia cod from white to pink to lavender; flavor is similar to the leaves, find januvia cod but milder. Bee balm The red flowers have a minty flavor. Borage Blossoms are a lovely blue hue and taste like cucumber! Calendula / marigold A great flower for eating, find januvia cod calendula blossoms are peppery, find januvia cod tangy, find januvia cod and spicy — and their vibrant golden color adds dash to any dish. Carnations / dianthus Petals are sweet, find januvia cod once trimmed away from the base. Find januvia cod The blossoms taste like their sweet, find januvia cod perfumed aroma. Chamomile Small and daisylike, find januvia cod the flowers have a sweet flavor and are often used in tea. Find januvia cod Ragweed sufferers may be allergic to chamomile. Chervil Delicate blossoms and flavor, find januvia cod which is anise-tinged. Chicory Mildly bitter earthiness of chicory is evident in the petals and buds, find januvia cod which can be pickled. Chrysanthemum A little bitter, find januvia cod mums come in a rainbow of colors and a range of  flavors range from peppery to pungent. Find januvia cod Use only the petals. Cilantro Like the leaves, find januvia cod people either love the blossoms or hate them. Find januvia cod The flowers share the grassy flavor of the herb. Find januvia cod Use them fresh as they lose their charm when heated.

Citrus (orange, find januvia cod lemon, find januvia cod lime, find januvia cod grapefruit, find januvia cod kumquat) Citrus blossoms are sweet and highly scented. Find januvia cod Use frugally or they will overperfume a dish. Clover Flowers are sweet with a hint of licorice. Dandelion Read a whole post about dandelions here: Eating and Harvesting Dandelions. Find januvia cod (I am nuts about dandelions.) Dill Yellow dill flowers taste much like the herb’s leaves. English daisy These aren’t the best-tasting petals — they are somewhat bitter — but they look great! Fennel Yellow fennel flowers are eye candy with a subtle licorice flavor, find januvia cod much like the herb itself. Fuchsia Tangy fuchsia flowers make a beautiful garnish. Gladiolus Who knew? Although gladioli are bland, find januvia cod they can be stuffed, find januvia cod or their petals removed for an interesting salad garnish. Hibiscus Famously used in hibiscus tea, find januvia cod the vibrant cranberry flavor is tart and can be used sparingly. Hollyhock Bland and vegetal in flavor, find januvia cod hollyhock blossoms make a showy, find januvia cod edible garnish. Impatiens Flowers don’t have much flavor — best as a pretty garnish or for candying. Jasmine These super-fragrant blooms are used in tea; you can also use them in sweet dishes, find januvia cod but sparingly. Johnny Jump-Up Adorable and delicious, find januvia cod the flowers have a subtle mint flavor great for salads, find januvia cod pastas, find januvia cod fruit dishes and drinks. Lavender Sweet, find januvia cod spicy, find januvia cod and perfumed, find januvia cod the flowers are a great addition to both savory and sweet dishes. Lemon berbena The diminutive off-white blossoms are redolent of lemon — and great for teas and desserts. Lilac The blooms are pungent, find januvia cod but the floral citrusy aroma translates to its flavor as well. Mint The flowers are — surprise! — minty. Find januvia cod Their intensity varies among varieties. Nasturtium One of the most popular edible flowers, find januvia cod nasturtium blossoms are brilliantly colored with a sweet, find januvia cod floral flavor bursting with a spicy pepper finish. Find januvia cod When the flowers go to seed, find januvia cod the seed pod is a marvel of sweet and spicy. Find januvia cod You can stuff flowers, find januvia cod add leaves to salads, find januvia cod pickle buds like capers, find januvia cod and garnish to your heart’s content. Oregano The flowers are a pretty, find januvia cod subtle version of the leaf. Pansy The petals are somewhat nondescript, find januvia cod but if you eat the whole flower you get more taste. Radish Varying in color, find januvia cod radish flowers have a distinctive, find januvia cod peppery bite. Rose Remove the white, find januvia cod bitter base and the remaining petals have a strongly perfumed flavor perfect for floating in drinks or scattering across desserts, find januvia cod and for a variety of jams. Find januvia cod All roses are edible, find januvia cod with flavor more pronounced in darker varieties. Rosemary Flowers taste like a milder version of the herb; nice used as a garnish on dishes that incorporate rosemary. Sage Blossoms have a subtle flavor similar to the leaves. Squash and pumpkin Blossoms from both are wonderful vehicles for stuffing, find januvia cod each having a slight squash flavor. Find januvia cod Remove stamens before using. Sunflower Petals can be eaten, find januvia cod and the bud can be steamed like an artichoke. Violets Another famous edible flower, find januvia cod violets are floral, find januvia cod sweet and beautiful as garnishes. Find januvia cod Use the flowers in salads and to garnish desserts and drinks.