With their unique and powerful flavors, textures, and colors, edible flowers have gained popularity as a creative and innovative ingredient in the world of cooking.
Wake up your taste buds with these seven edible flowers that taste as good as they look.
Sweet Violet (Viola odorata); Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor)
Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana): These three contraltos are old-fashioned culinary classics that flourish best in colder climates and prefer rich, moist, and well-drained soils. Partially shaded areas are preferred in hot climates.
Sweet violets are perennials with purple or aromatic white flowers. Generally resistant to zone climate 5, the violets propagate by dividing the tufts. Johnny-jump-ups and pansies are easily transplanted annually into gardening centers.
Johnny-jump-ups have saponins, which can be toxic in large amounts. These beautiful flowers add a sweet, fragrant, or wintergreen flavor to salads, fruits, and vegetables. Float flowers like a punch or make petals for cakes and cookies. Besides, these three flowers are easy to grow.
English Daisy Flowers
The English daisies (Bellis perennis L.) have a yellow disk in the center and are surrounded by delicate white, pink, or even red petals. Flower stalks usually grow 3 to 6 inches tall.
Sometimes called European daisies or daisies, flower petals double in the night and open again to the sun. Unfortunately, beautiful English daisy flowers are easily re-shaped and are sometimes considered a weed, especially when growing in lawn areas.
Sow seeds of English daisies in the spring or early fall. If you find them sprouting in your landscape, it is usually best to leave them where they grow. If you want to try to transplant the root, dig deep to get the complete root system.
When planting English daisies in the garden, the roots should be deeply buried. English daisies in the garden are somewhat adaptable to the types of soil and sunlight. By cultivating the English daisies, you can plant them in poor or lean soil. This plant does not prefer rich or fertile soils.
The care of English daisies involves keeping the soil moist. English daisies in the garden grow in full sun or partial shade. English daisy flowers can decelerate during the hottest summer days and return to lower temperatures in late summer or fall.
These flowers are yearbook spenders, bringing a wealth of gold to our summer and fall gardens. The flower’s popularity is probably due in part to its ability to bloom vividly throughout the summer.
Once concerns are established, remove the top of the plants to encourage them to drier. This will prevent the plants from becoming long and encourage increased flowering.
Borage (Borago officinalis)
This delightful edible purple-blue star-shaped flower usually grows 2 to 4 feet high. Sow the seeds in a sunny place after the last frost or earlier in hot climates.
Borage tolerates most types of soil and usually gets reseeds. The transplant is not recommended.
Borage adds a taste of cucumber to salads, sauces, and cold soups. Ice flowers on ice cubes to float on decorative drinks. In large quantities, borage may have a diuretic effect.
Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
This edible flower was the favorite of medieval cooking pots. The marigold can reach up to 20 inches tall, with pale yellow flowers to burnt orange.
Sow the seeds in a sunny place in well-drained soil. Provide afternoon shade in warm weather. In colder climates, it should be indoors. This easy to grow plant self-sows freely.
Calendula is very easy to grow from seeds and planted in a well-drained regular fertile garden soil. It would be best if you planted purchased plants after the danger of frost has passed; the seeds can be sown before the spring’s last date of frost. Pinching young plants will promote more compact and thicker growth and will keep plants from becoming sticky.
Like most members of the daisy family, marigold needs well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Dense and moist soils can cause root rot. This plant tolerates a wide range of pH but prefers slightly acid to neutral soils. Until the plants are well established, mature plants only develop from time to time. Avoid too much water with these plants.
Chive (Allium schoenoprasum)
This perennial grows from 20 to 30 cm tall, with pink and lavender flowers serving meals for centuries. This edible flower prefers full sun and moist and well-drained soil.
Planting rooted clods are the easiest way to spread chives. The seeds germinate slowly and require dark, constant humidity and temperatures between 60 ° F and 70 ° F. They are grown in zones 3 to 9.
Divide the plants every two years. Chives grow well besides sunny windows. Separate the flowers from the chive to give a sweet onion flavor to the buns, boiled dishes, eggs, potatoes, and herbal butter.
Lavender is a thick and heavily fragrant perennial plant of the Mediterranean. In most areas, the grayish-green foliage remains green throughout the year. It is better to plant lavender in the spring because the soil is heating up.
If planted in the fall, use larger plants to ensure their survival during the winter. It thrives on any poor or moderately fertile soil. If you have heavy or clayey soil, add some organic material to improve drainage and keep it away from humid areas.