Top 10 Edible Flowering Plants

Add gusto to your garden with these flavorful, edible flowering plants that you can harvest for culinary purposes.

Many annuals and perennials produce pretty blossoms that you can also harvest for culinary purposes. Before you pick and start munching, keep a few things in mind before adding edible flowering plants to your garden. First off, be sure to identify plants and make sure they are safe to eat and are pesticide-free. Pick newly opened flowers in early morning or evening, when they are plumped with moisture and at their tastiest. Finally, before you use the flowers, remove the stems, stamens and pistils, which are bitter, and check carefully for any insects or disease. Flavorful flowers—with sweet to savory nuances—make these 10 plants essential ingredients in a well-seasoned cook’s garden.

Nasturtium

(Tropaeolum majus, annual)

Nasturtium flowers add a peppery bite to salads and a splash of sunshine when garnishing plates. Fragrant nasturtiums bear single, semi-double or double blooms in red, orange, yellow and cream. Depending on the cultivar, nasturtium plants can be clumping, trailing or climbing and will grow 1 to 10 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide.

Why we love it: Adding nasturtium to your summer fare quickly brightens up a plate. Growing May to September, it is perfect for summer get-togethers.

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  1. MMSands says

    How are daylily buds not listed? With the consistency of green beans, and the flavor a combination of asparagus and artichoke, they are wonderful added to stir fries, or eaten alone with a bit of butter, salt and pepper. Pick buds from about an inch long to almost ready to bloom.

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