Edible Flowers in your Garden

Taking a look at the plantings that already exist on your property, you can learn that many of them are, in fact, tasty edibles, they’re just not the same ones you’d find in the grocery store. For instance, Hosta and peonies, for example, are both considered delicacies in Japan. Knowing that several plants in your existing perennial beds are edible is also handy to bring them into kitchen and in your daily meals.

When I was a small child, I loved going to the back of our property and pick berries from the bushes. I also helped my mom collect dandelions to make certain desserts and use in our salads.

Below is the list of different flowers that are edible and that you might find in your own flower garden.


A favorite of the bees, Anise Hyssop has a wonderful scent that fills the garden in midsummer. The flowers and leaves have a delicate black licorice flavor that’s pleasant but not overwhelming. They’re tasty fresh, or you can add anise hyssop blossoms to baked goods


With a bright citrus taste and a hint of sour, begonias are a flavorful edible flower that’s quite versatile. They can be eaten alongside savory or sweet dishes equally well. Note that begonia blossoms and leaves are tasty raw, and that the stalks can be cooked like rhubarb.


While they are a high spray crop commonly used in floral arrangements, they can be grown without any chemicals in an organic manner…and that’s the best place to try eating them.Carnations can be used in many of the same ways as roses, and they impart a sweet/spicy flavor, along with their perfumed aroma.


Red clover and white clover are both sweet edible flowers that can be harvested in huge quantities in the summer months. The flowers themselves can be dried and ground to make clover flour, which adds nutrition and helps extend flour supplies during tough times.

The base of each clover flower produces a bit of sweet nectar, and many country kids know how to harvest clover flowers, peel back the leaves and get a drop of sweet honeydew from each flower.


Most foragers know those wild daylilies are a special summertime treat, but that same treat that they hunt over hill and dale for in the countryside is likely growing in your suburban backyard. The unopened flower buds are commonly fried into fritters or added to stir-fries.

There are so many edible flowers, this is just a few from my favorite flowers!

What’s your favorite edible flower? Did I miss any?  Leave me a note in the comments.

carnation in icecream

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