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What are your favorite edible flowers?

 
Tim Osborn
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My wife likes flowers. I like to eat. I know there are several varieties of flowers that are edible. Please, tell me what your favorites are, what growing conditions they like best, and any known sources for them.

I live in central KY.

Thanks for your input.
 
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Pansies and johnny jump ups might be my favourite. They taste like bubblegum and grow like weeds. Here, the ones that overwinter start flowering before anything else in the spring. We have very poor, dry, sandy, rocky soil that they spread themselves through just fine. They're even growing in our 2-3" deep pebble paths. They also grow like weeds in my mum's rich loamy soil, so I don't think they're picky.
 
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The only flowers that I have eaten are squash and nasturiams.

They make pretty salads but not too filling.
 
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Borage! The flower is completely edible and is a really pretty blue, and you can also eat the young leaves in salads. Borage likes at least partial sun, but isn't particularly picky about soil; I've grown it in both corners of the country, and it's done fine.

Be warned: once you have it, you have it. It self-sows like mad.

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Tim Osborn wrote:My wife likes flowers. I like to eat. I know there are several varieties of flowers that are edible. Please, tell me what your favorites are, what growing conditions they like best, and any known sources for them.

I live in central KY.

Thanks for your input.



Our favorites are calendula, nasturtium, pansies, borage, marigold, squash blossoms, chive blossoms, and day lilies.
 
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I love everyone's suggestions!

This thread has some really pretty picture of edible flowers and suggestions too:

https://permies.com/t/43954/Edible-Flowers

Here are a few of the pictures:

Stephen Barstow shared this salad:




leila hamaya shared this beautiful one:




Jocelyn Campbell shared this pretty cake:




Alicia Bayer shared these elderflower fritters:


 
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