Flowers You can Eat

List of Edible Flower Petals

Find out which flowers you can eat. Discover edible flower petals to garnish your plates, or dress up a salad.

flowers you can eat

Have you ever been to a restaurant and had a beautiful flower used as a garnish on the plate? Did you eat it? Were you unsure as to whether you should or not? Many flowers Are indeed flowers you can eat, but some chefs might not be certain as to which ones are, so I suggest you don't eat any flowers used for garnish, unless you know yourself that they are safe to eat. While some are perfectly safe, others can make you very sick!

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Know the Source

It is a good idea to eat only flowers that you grow in your own garden, so that you can be sure they have not been treated with any pesticides.


eat flowers from a nursery, florist, or ones picked from the roadside!

List of
Edible Flowers


  • Amaranth Burgundy (grains)
  • Bachelor’s Button (garnish)
  • Bee Balm Dotted Mint (float in punch, garnish for salads)
  • Calendula (peppery, colorful salad garnish)
  • Carnations (cake decoration)
  • Clary Sage
  • Coreopsis Plains Dwarf Bicolor (decorative in salads)
  • Dianthus (spicy clove taste)
  • English Daisy (garnish, salads)
  • Hibiscus (citrus/cranberry flavor)
  • Hollyhock (garnish, salads, color for sandwiches)
  • Lavender (flavored sugar, beverages, desserts, garnish, dried stalks as vegetable skewers)
  • Marigolds African (Tagetes erecta: Eskimo, Giant Sunset - strong flavor, garnish)
  • Marigolds Signet (Lemon/Tangerine Blend – lemony flavor)
  • Nasturtium (hot and peppery, beautiful spicy addition to salads)
  • Snap Dragon (garnish)
  • Sunflowers (green buds are edible, petals nice for garnish, seeds when mature)
  • Pansy (candied, cake decoration, salads)
  • Petunias (garnish)
  • Poppy Hungarian Blue Breadseed (seeds)
  • Violet (candied, cake decoration, salads)
  • Roses
  • Pansy or Johnny Jump Up

this is a very short list, view Many more Edible Flowers here The list refers to the flower petals, not the bitter white part.

edible flower petals

Edible Herb and Vegetable Flowers

There are many flowers you can eat from herbs, as well as some vegetable flowers. I again Caution you to be absolutely sure you know which ones are safe, and that you are eating the right ones!

Herb Flowers

  • Anise Hyssop
  • Basil (salads, pasta)
  • Borage (cucumber taste, garnish, candied, beverages, cold soups)
  • Burnet (cucumber flavor, salads)
  • Chamomile (tea)
  • Chervil (Anise flavor)
  • Chives (common or garlic, garnish, salads, soups, flavored oils or vinegars)
  • Cilantro / Coriander
  • Dill (soups, dips, seafood)
  • Fennel (licorice taste)
  • Lemon Balm (lemony flavor)
  • Marjoram
  • Mint – Spearmint (tea)
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary (meat, seafood, vegetables)
  • Sage (meat, beans, add to stuffing)
  • Savory
  • Sorrel (tart, lemon taste)
  • Thyme Basil
  • Bee Balm

If you make Herb Butters, using some of the flowers from the particular herb you are using, will dress up the butter, and add a bit more flavor. Vegetable Flowers

  • Arugula (spicy salad garnish)
  • Broccoli (small yellow flowers, salads, stir-fries)
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Mustard (spicy salad garnish)
  • Onions
  • Peas (raw pea flavor, *** Do not eat ornamental Sweet Pea flowers ***)
  • Quinoa (grains)
  • Radish (spicy)
  • Squash (stuff and fry blossoms)
  • Pumpkin (stuff and fry blossoms)
  • Scarlet Runner Bean (salads)Squash flowers
  • This is a very small list of vegetable flowers you can eat. Many more can be found at the link above, along with lots more information about eating flowers.

    You can plant a whole garden of Flowers that are edible! Find lots of ideas on Edible Landscaping and get some tips on planting and growing these flowers.

    Looking for Rose Recipes to use up those rose petals? You'll find Sugared Rose Petals , along with Rose Petal Jelly to name a few.

Books to Guide You

Edible Flower Recipes

More Flowers you can eat;Rose Petal Recipes

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