Edible Uses & Tips
Delicate, anise fragrant taste - add to cakes for a hint of anise for a creamy, liquorice flavour.
flavor, or add the leaves and flowers to whipping cream. Leaves make nice tea, medicinal.
If you are pregnant, be sure to research possible contraindications to using this herb.
Flowers can be used as a substitute for leaves in any dish requiring basil. USe flowers
more sparingly due to their very intense flavour. Delicious added to salads, soups or pasta.
Mix flowers into vegetable and fruit salads, or use to garnish soups or to decorate desserts.
An excellent choice for freezing in ice cubes and floating on iced tea. Petals have a
cucumber taste and the stamens add a hint of sweetness.
Use only the petals for a slightly peppery tangy flavor to breads and soups, as well as adding a
touch of colour. A bright and tasty addition to a tossed salad. You can use fresh or dried petals as an economical substitute for saffron for adding colour to rice or butter. Add to your herb tea.
Chive flowers have a mild onion flavor and are surprisingly crunchy. Toss in salads, pasta, omelettes and scrambled eggs. Or you can add a few to white fish dishes or to
cheese sauce to give that extra bite.
The flowers are as adaptable as the leaves in a variety of different dishes. Scatter over
cauliflower, add to the end of a stir-fry or add to cream cheese.
Scatter a few flowers over an orange fruit salad.
Most dianthus have a pleasant spicy, floral, clove-like taste, especially the more fragrant
varieties, and are ideal for decorating or adding to cakes.
They'll also make a colourful garnish to soups, salads and the punch bowl. The petals of
Sweet Williams will add zest to ice cream, sorbets, salads, fruit salad, dessert sauces,
seafood and stir-fries. It is advisable to remove the white heel at the base of the petal
as this has a bitter taste.
These attractive flowers have no fragrance but do have a sweet-to-spicy clove-like flavor. T
They are ideal for mixing with other flowers to make attractive confetti for sprinkling over
salads, omelettes, and pasta dishes. Or they can be used on their own as a colorful garnish.
Add flowers to fish dishes, omelettes or sprinkle over cooked vegetables. Add whole
flowers to pickled gherkins, cucumbers or beetroots for a milder flavor than dill seed.
Ideal for adding to soups or salads, or can be infused to make a refreshing tea. Hyssop also
makes a perfect complement to fish and meat dishes.
The flowers and leaves have a citrus taste, making them ideal for adding to salads,
sandwiches, seafood dishes or hot desserts. Use in moderation - occasionally.
These tiny flowers pack a real punch and add that something extra to green salads, fruit
salads, fresh strawberries, chocolate mousse or chocolate cake. Can also be used to
decorate and flavor lamb dishes. Leaves make great herbal tea, hot, iced as a cocktail
drink base mixed with Thyme ands Sage leaves.
As well as being colorful, the petals have a sweet, spicy flavour and will enhance salads,
jellies and stuffings, rice and pasta dishes. Fresh or dried leaves can be used to make
delicious bergamot tea.
The fresh leaves and flowers have a peppery flavor similar to watercress. The flowers will a add a spicy touch to salads and the green seeds can be chopped and used with parsley as a
garnish or made into capers. Add to a cheese and tomato sandwich. Flowers used as garnish.
Wonderful added to tomato dishes, pizza and when making your own bread.
Flowers can also be added to butter for flavor.
As a general rule if a rose smells good, it will taste good. Petals have a delicate flavour which will improve cool drinks and fruit dishes, or why not try rose petal jam? Rosehips and petals can both be used in jellies. It is best to remove the white heel from the base of the petals before eating.
Rosemary flowers & leaves can be used with poultry or pork .
Flowers taste similar to the leaves and make a vibrant contribution to salads, mustards and vinaigrettes.
Combines well with all chicken dishes and many fish recipes. Can also be made into a
flavorsome hot tea.
Disclaimer: Thompson & Morgan has researched all the aforementioned edible flowers. However, individuals consuming the flowers, plants, or derivatives listed here do so entirely at their own risk. Thompson & Morgan always recommends following good hygiene practices. Thompson & Morgan cannot be held responsible for any adverse reaction to the flowers. In case of doubt please consult your doctor.