Mother Nature can provide some inspiration for your Independence Day celebration with red, white and blue flowers
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Bring your organic garden to the table this summer and make it a flowery Fourth with edible flowers.