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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…
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If you have a dog, like Tricia does, you may already have a clue about which flowers in your garden are edible—from watching your canine snack on the blossoms. A more reliable way of knowing which flowers to eat—and which are poisonous—is to bookmark this article with our list of edible flowers, garnered from university-research sources at Colorado State and North Carolina State. Feeling floral? Let’s walk into the garden and see what we can pick and eat. Vegetables with edible…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply for a clean and sustainable environment for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Eating flowers goes back thousands of years to the Greeks Romans and Chinese Today I'm going to share ten tips on eating harvesting and storing flowers. First positively identify the flower that you're gonna be eating if you cant identify it don't eat it check out our blog for a list of commonly eaten flowers. Some favorite edible flowers are borage rose viola calendula and the flowers of most culinary herbs. Next tip don't eat any flowers that have been contaminated by pesticides and don't eat flowers from the florist or that you found alongside the road. Grow your edible flowers organically and don't use any pesticides even organic ones if you must use an organic pesticide make sure that it's labeled for edible crops. Tip number three eat only the petals of most edible flowers herbs pansies violas and johnny jump ups are the exception to this. Remove the stems anthers stamen sepal and pistil usually you want to remove the white base of the flower too these parts are all bitter and number four taste test before you harvest the test of the flowers can vary from year to year based on cultural practices the weather the kind of soil and fertilizer. Five harvest the flowers late in the morning after the dew has evaporated. Number six pick the flowers at their peak after they have opened before they start to fade day lilies are an exception to this they taste better before they've opened. Number seven introduce flowers to your system slowly to avoid digestive upset and use small quantities of flowers one variety at a time this is especially important if you suffer from allergies pollen can aggravate some allergies so try not to eat the pollen along with the flower. Eight to prepare your petals for eating rinse them gently and then let them dry on a paper towel. Nine store your petals in the refrigerator until you use them it's best to use the flowers as soon as possible they vary in how long they keep some like orange blossoms keep only four hours after picking. Ten, drying and hydrating your petals is great for long-term storage use your edible flowers as a garnish for a fun attention getting dish another fun use for edible flowers is to candy them with sugar these are fun and unique treats. If you want to try your hand at growing edible flowers we have collected ten of our favorite edible flowers into this garnish with style seed tin eat some flowers and grow organic for life.

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