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Edible Flowers!
« on: April 01, 2017, 05:43:13 PM »
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I figured this would be a great topic for a thread.

Please add any flowers that you know to be edible. I know there is a very, very long list. (PLEASE INDICATE if you know that a flower needs to be cooked before eating!)

Here are a few:

*Bougainvillea (to my knowledge, the colored leaves, not the stamens)
*Banana blossoms (banana leaves are technically edible too)
*Citrus blossoms - lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, calamondin, kuqmuat...
*Jasmine - just makes sure it's true jasmine!
*Ixora Coccinea
*Pineapple guava/Feijoa flowers
*Coral Vine flowers (COOKED!)
*Purple hyacinth bean FLOWERS - 2 different sources state the flowers can be eaten raw, although the beans have to be thoroughly cooked

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Re: Edible Flowers!
Reply #1 on: May 09, 2015, 07:52:05 PM


blue porter weed, moringa, squash/pumpkin, and nasturtium.
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Re: Edible Flowers!
Reply #2 on: May 10, 2015, 06:59:35 PM


elderberry, violet, canna; the first two are not tropical, but are where I live in zone 9
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Re: Edible Flowers!
Reply #3 on: May 22, 2015, 01:31:59 AM


Just found out baobab flower is edible


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Re: Edible Flowers!
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2017, 03:04:40 PM »
Thanks for sharing your insights on this fascinating subject; I love eating feijoa petals! I see that someone already added Nasturtium to the list. Here's an interesting article regarding its edibility:
I believe some varieties even have edible tubers as well.


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Re: Edible Flowers!
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 10:25:54 PM »
I keep this list in my files, to plan out flower strips between vegetable rows. It's mainly a list of ornamental-type flower plants that have edible parts (making them potentially productive companion plants); not all of them have the flower as the actual edible part (which is this thread's purpose), but most do, so I figured I'd just copy and paste it here.

Note: Some (like edible Lupines) have toxic parts, so please don't nibble flowers on this list until you're sure that the flower is the actual edible part.

Ornamental Flower Plants With Edible Parts:
Chrysanthemum coronarium
Reichardia picroides
Tagetes spp.
Calendula officinalis
Taraxacum officinale
Chicorium intybus
Microseris lanceolata
Centaurea cyanus
Acmella oleracea
Carthamus tinctorius
Helianthus annuus
H. tuberosus
Dahlia spp.
Dianthus caryophyllus
Pelargonium spp.
Papaver somniferum
Polianthes tuberosa
Camassia quamash
Triteleia laxa
Campanula rapunculus
Primula vulgaris
Tropaeolum majus
Tigridia pavonia
Hemerocallis fulva
Lupinus angustifolius
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Re: Edible Flowers!
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 01:46:44 AM »
On my farm only have these flowers that I use..
Anchan - Clitoria ternatea - made in Tea, contains natural steroids..  Now there is a much more productive variety with layered petals like roses and doesn't seed... I also have the original Anchan which is not as productive but self seeds itself everywhere. 
Pumpkin flowers - some people stirfry
Roselle - technically a flower.. good for tea
Kare Flower - Sesbania grandiflora - this is a tree, very productive flowers all year, very tolerant and hardy, good for soups
Neem flowers - these are eaten raw, if you can handle the bitterness!  This one is past my limit of tolerance, but mother in law can eat a whole plate

Also technically the banana flowers should be steeped in water first and rinsed of latex.


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