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Garnish with edible flowers on the Fourth of July

Jun 26, 2013 -
  Garnish with edible flowers on the Fourth of July
On the menu for the Glorious Fourth -- the gladiolus Zizane (SB189 on our site). Did you know glads were edible? They are.

Are you an organic gardener in your whole garden? If that’s true, your flowers might be edible too.

Have some fun decorating your Fourth of July meals with red, white and blue flowers. Check first to be sure they’re not poisonous flowers—we have a list of safe flowers here.

In our latest video Tricia shows how to pick and prepare edible flowers. Remember that not all flowers have a sweet flavor, so don’t toss them onto a strawberry pie until you taste them—they might have a spicy kick.

Here are red, white and blue edible flowers we bet you have in your garden. Not growing them? Try your farmer’s market for organic flowers.

red nasturtium

Flowers from scarlet to true red

Red flowers are easy to find, since so many organic gardeners grow red nasturtiums along with their red tomatoes. Nasturtiums can be a great “trap crop” attracting bugs away from the main show of the tomatoes. Plus, the cultural requirements of sun and water are similar for nasturtiums and tomatoes.

red roses

Our national flower is in so many gardens, and who doesn’t love a red rose? We have lots of tips for you about growing roses organically and using the flowers or petals in recipes.

Look for white flowers in your vegetable garden too

Don’t just think of ornamental flowers, but peer into your vegetable patch and you’ll see lots of white flowers on radishes, for instance (a popular restaurant garnish these days).

coriander flowers

These delicate blossoms are on coriander (cilantro) which most of us grow for the leaves instead. The flowers will have the peppery taste related to the leaves.

cornflower bachelor button flowers

The hard-to-find blue blooms

They do say that blue is the most popular flower color, and certainly it is the most elusive.

Find intense blue, with a touch of violet, in the blooms of Bachelor Buttons. The favorite flower of President Kennedy, it is also known as the Cornflower. Eat it now or dry it to enjoy year round. Not just pretty, it also attracts butterflies and beneficial insects. If you’re not growing it, reconsider.

blue borage flowers

You can eat your fill of blue once you plant borage with its star-shaped flowers. Borage is too little known, which is a shame as it’s an easy herb to grow and will supply cucumber-flavored blossoms all summer long. Once you plant borage you’ll probably have it for years, since it reseeds itself.

Both these blue blooms are in our exclusive Garnish With Style gift seed tin of 10 edible flower seed packs.

Bring your organic garden to the table this summer and make it a flowery Fourth with edible flowers.

Categories: Flower Seeds, Annual Flower Seeds, Bulk Wildflower Seeds, Heirloom Flower Seeds, Perennial Flower Seeds, Edible Landscaping, Organic Gardening 101, Urban Gardening & farming

Carl Says:
Jun 27th, 2013 at 8:56 am

I found this article whilst looking for other information on gardening however I have to say, really like the flowers featured in this article and also their breakdowns. Would love some of them blue blooms in my garden!



Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Jul 1st, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Carl, Glad this is helpful!

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