Flowers are incredible. They grow from just a tiny seed into a bright, vibrant plant. Their beautiful blossoms can be calming, mesmerizing, and good for the soul. But that’s not all they’re good for.
You can eat them, too! Edible flowers have actually been used for hundreds of years in Asian, Middle Eastern, and European cuisines. Some flowers, like dandelions, can be made into wine. Others can be used for a garnish. But where flowers truly blossom, is in juice.
9 Edible Flowers That Add Flavor And More
1. Hibiscus Rosella
I love hibiscus flowers in general because their large blooms can be breathtaking in the middle of summer. But hibiscus rosella in particular is wonderful because its petals taste of cranberries and are filled with vitamins and minerals just like cranberries too. Freshly cut, or dried and crushed, you can add a small amount to any juice.
Dianthus, otherwise known as carnations, have been used for hundreds of years in Chinese herbal medicine because they can help with digestion. Having a clove-like scent, the edible nectar makes a great addition to a juice, or a meal.
Often grown in window boxes to add color, nasturtiums are actually filled with vitamin A, C, and D. They have a bit of a peppery taste and can be made into jelly, used as a garnish, or thrown into a juice.
Geraniums are one of my favorite annuals because of the bright pop of color they give to your garden all summer long. While some people aren’t fond of their distinct scent, I personally love it.
The oil from its leaves is commonly used in aromatherapy because of their health benefits. You can add a drop or two to your juice, just be careful if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as it can have an effect on your hormones.
5. Evening Primrose
I’ve grown shorter varieties of evening primrose and find their vibrant color quite dashing. Those colorful flowers actually taste a bit like lettuce and can be added to a green juice, like one containing kale, banana, avocado, and lime, for instance. Or you can add it to a salad or use it as a garnish.
Evening primrose oil supplements are commonly taken for ailments like rheumatoid arthritis and eczema, and while more research needs to be done, adding a little bit to your diet can’t hurt.
Some Other Good Flowers and A Few Tips
Yarrow has some healing properties and adds a nice flavor to a juice or green tea. Cactus fruit nopalea contains powerful antioxidants. Johnny jump ups can help with eczema and asthma. Last but not least, squash and pumpkin flowers taste of nectar and are great in soups, salads, and juices.
You should always rinse off the petals before you juice them to remove any pollen residue. They are best when they’re still fresh, rather than wilted, and are grown organically. The best way to make sure they are, is to grow them yourself, or go to a farmer’s market you trust.
You should also be careful about eating too many flowers too fast, because you could be allergic. It’s better to start slowly and to consult with your doctor or nutritionist before juicing too many.