Hi Barbie – I was very inspired by your post about the Edible Flowers in your garden. It got me thinking, how many edible flowers do I have in my garden? Your list is really very comprehensive and includes some flowers I did not know were edible.

I’ve been watching a lot of MasterChef series lately and am always charmed by the look of the dishes that use edible flowers in their plating, but have never ‘tried this at home’. I’m starting to get the whole attraction of decorating a dish with edible flowers, so armed with my camera I went to investigate what flowers I could use to impress guests at my next dinner party.

I was amazed at just how many I have …

Sweet little Coriander flowersCoriander flowers

The Waterblommetjies in my pondThe Waterblommetjies in my pond

Borage is a popular oneBorage is a popular one

Lavender … I always have plentyLavender ... I always have plenty

Salvia – Really? People eat them?Salvia - Really? People eat them?

Jasmine – could be nice with riceJasmine - could be nice with rice

Chrysanthemum are prettyChrysanthemum are pretty

White Violas are lovelyWhite Violas are lovely

Tiniest little violets I’ve ever seenTiniest little violets I've ever seen

Mint – smells wonderfulMint - smells wonderful

Cute little blue pansiesCute little blue pansies

The common MarigoldThe common Marigold

Dianthus – who knew they were edibleDianthus - who knew they were edible

Flower on the purple pepperFlower on the purple pepper

Some that are not flowering right now …

Day Lily – Do people really eat them?Day Lily - Do people really eat them?

Apple blossoms are prettyApple blossoms are pretty

and Lemon blossoms are so fragrantand Lemon blossoms are so fragrant

Four leaf clover – oxalisFour leaf clover - oxalis

A few others I’m not showing here are Impatiens, Fuchsia, Sweet Basil, Nasturtium and Begonias amongst others. I’m not sure I’d use many of them in cooking though but I’ll give a few a try.

What Edible Flowers do you have growing in your garden? And do you use them for cooking?

I would love to see a chart made of every single “edible flower” with a photograph, full name and “best used in …” info. A fun project if people from all over the world contributed. Hmmm…. I’ll make the chart if people send me info and once complete I’ll share it.

Happy Gardening