A guide to edible flowers and how to use them in your salads

We are all aware of the goodness that a fruit salad brings. It refreshes our bodies and gives us a healthy boost of energy on a daily basis. But did you know that there’s a simple ingredient you can add to your next fruit bowl that will make it even more delicious and nutritious? And it comes straight from your garden.

If you’re guessing that it’s edible flowers, give yourself a round of applause! Now, flowers are so much more than just decor. If you were to call your online florist and order a flowers salad, it might come across really weird, but in your own home you can make a fruit and flower salad that you will love so much, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing this your entire life.

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What a pretty addition to your lunchtime salad.

Flowers That Take You to New Gourmet Heights

Sounds appealing? Well, now you need to know what kind of flowers  you can toss in your salad. Make no mistake, you can’t just go picking any old flowers you find down the street.

Make sure that all flowers are free from chemicals and pesticides. If they’ve been treated with any kind of harsh or toxic chemicals to be protected from diseases, they’re not edible.

Here’s a list of edible flowers.

Borage

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Borage

These vibrantly-colored flowers have a cucumber-like, grassy taste.

Lavender

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Lavender

Lavender really gives a special florally and citrusy twist to your fruit salad.

 

Roses

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Roses

Depending on the variety of rose petals you are using, you have to taste the petals before adding them to your salad.

Chrysanthemums

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Chrysanthemums

If you plan on using them in a salad, don’t overdo it, because they have quite a strong taste.

Carnation Petals

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Carnation Petals

They can give your salad a sweet and spicy kick, but make sure to taste the petals before adding to your salad, because they can be bitter.

Pansies

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Pansies

Add pansies to your fruit salad  and it will add a velvety texture, and a lettuce-like taste, although some claim it takes just like grapes.

Other kinds of flowers you can use for your fruit and flower bowl are violets, lilacs, dandelions, begonias, sunflower buds, hostas blooms, marigolds, calendula petals, carnations, chamomile and many other flowers that can be homegrown. They are best used as accents to your fruit bowls or adding a special taste to it, and not so much as the main ingredient. A little goes a long way.

If you thought you’d never be able to taste something as gorgeous as a rainbow, and as fresh as the crispy spring morning air, you’ve been proven wrong. Chop up some of your favorite fruits and grab some of our recommended blooms and take your taste buds on a rollercoaster ride!

 

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