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42 Flowers You Can Eat And How You Can Eat Them

42 Flowers You Can Eat And How You Can Eat Them

In case you’ve ever wondered if the flowers that brighten our lives are edible, or possibly even tasty, here is a list of forty-two flowers you are welcome to nibble the petals off of.

Know your flower eating facts

Before we begin, here is a list of ways to avoid unintended harm to yourself if you do choose to experiment with flower garnishes, salads, teas, or endless other possibilities.

  • Only eat flowers you know are safe to consume and digest. If you are unsure then find the facts about the flower first.
  • Only eat flowers you have grown on your own. Any commercially grown flowers, roadside flowers, or even your neighbors flowers are likely to have pesticides or other harmful chemicals on them, which could be extremely risky to consume.
  • Unless known facts about a certain flower state otherwise, only eat the petals. Remove pistils, stamens, or anything else that is not one hundred percent petal.
  • If allergies are an issue for you then introduce different flowers to your body gradually in order to ensure they do not worsen any preexisting conditions.

…and now for the list:

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    1. Allium

    All flowers from the Allium family are edible with ranging tastes. Leeks, chives, garlic, and garlic chives vary from subtle flavors all the way to powerful garlic. An added bonus is the fact that every part of these plants is edible.

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      2. Angelica

      These flowers, which taste similar to licorice, have numerous varieties and color can range from the full blue to red spectrum.

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        3. Anise hyssop

        Anise Hyssop is a lavender colored flower that also shares a hint of anise or licorice when tasted. Both flowers and leaves can be eaten.

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          4. Arugula

          This flower’s blossoms and leaves are also both edible and offer a distinct peppery flavor. They are commonly white and yellow with purple accentuation.

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            5. Bachelor’s button

            These single petals have a grassy taste. Do avoid the calyx (the bottom surrounding of the petals keeping the blossom together) as it is bitter.

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              6. Basil

              We are all familiar with basil but the lavender flowers are edible to, only milder.

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                7. Bee balm

                Bee balm, a member of the mint family, is a red flower that tastes exactly like its family name suggests.

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                  8. Borage

                  This curious blue star-shaped flower tastes like cucumber.

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                    9. Calendula / marigold

                    Calendula, better known as marigold, is an exciting choice for any recipe. Not only is the flavor peppery and tangy, but it also serves as a dashing golden garnish to any dish.

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                      10. Dianthus / carnations

                      The petals of dianthus, better known as carnations, taste exactly like the perfumed smell your nose senses.

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                        11. Chamomile

                        A common tea theme, chamomile flowers are sweet and ideal for brewing. Beware, ragweed sufferers are commonly allergic to this flower.

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                          12. Chervil

                          These tiny, delicate blossoms carry a hint of anise, or licorice.

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                            13. Chicory

                            Blue and brilliant to sight, the taste of chicory is best described as bitter and earthy. The petals and buds can both be eaten and or commonly pickled.

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                              14. Chrysanthemum

                              “Mums” are considered bitter and come in the full range of colors available in the rainbow. They are edible but recommended in moderation as in the use of a garnish. For this particular plant use only the petals.

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                                15. Cilantro

                                Cilantro gets my vote for the best herb on Earth…and, in case you were not aware of the full potential of cilantro, the flowers share the same zesty taste. However, the flowers should be served fresh as they lose their flavor when heat is applied.

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                                  16. Citrus

                                  These blossoms are extremely sweet and aromatic. While perfectly edible, use in moderation as too many will commandeer all the flavor from any particular dish.

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                                    17. Clover

                                    Common clover blooms are quite edible and compliment your taste buds with a tinge of licorice.

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                                      18. Dandelion

                                      This one is a real gem! Every part of a dandelion from petals to roots can be eaten and the plant is fortified with vitamins, while low in calories. Look here for all the benefits dandelions have to offer.

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                                        19. Dill

                                        Dill flowers are yellow and taste nearly as strong as the herb’s leaves.

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                                          20. English daisy

                                          This flower makes for an eye appealing garnish but the taste is quite bitter.

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                                            21. Fennel

                                            Yellow fennel flowers, much like the herb’s leaves, taste like licorice.

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                                              22. Fuchsia

                                              These flowers are tangy and make a colorful garnish.

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                                                23. Gladiolus

                                                Gladioli are bland but the petals are strong enough to be stuffed with something more flavorful.

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                                                  24. Hibiscus

                                                  These flowers are best known for the tea they are brewed with. They have a deep cranberry flavor and it does not take many petals to reach the desired taste effect.

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                                                    25. Hollyhock

                                                    Hollyhock blossoms are bland but are commonly used as eye catching garnishes.

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                                                      26. Impatiens

                                                      Once again, very little flavor but a nice garnish.

                                                      Jasmine

                                                        27. Jasmine

                                                        These are extremely fragrant blossoms usually used in tea.

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                                                          28. Johnny jump-up

                                                          Colorful and tasty, the flower petals have a hint of mint and are commonly used in salads, pastas, and drinks.

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                                                            29. Lavender

                                                            Lavender is sweet and spicy and a welcome addition to many dishes and desserts.

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                                                              30. Lemon verbena

                                                              These are commonly used for teas and desserts and taste exactly the way its name suggests.

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                                                                31. Lilac

                                                                Lilac has a citrus aroma that tastes just the way it smells.

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                                                                  32. Mint

                                                                  Can you guess what these taste like? There are many varieties and a broad range of mint flavor among them.

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                                                                    33. Nasturtium

                                                                    This is one of the most popular edible flowers available. They are as colorful as they are tasty with a mix of sweet and spicy. The flowers can be stuffed, added to salads, and the buds can be pickled like capers. Here is some more information on nasturtium.

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                                                                      34. Oregano

                                                                      One of the most used herbs in kitchens across the world, the flowers are a diluted version of the leaves.

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                                                                        35. Pansy

                                                                        The petal’s taste is bland, but eating many petals at a time make the taste more noticeable.

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                                                                          36. Radish

                                                                          Radish flowers vary in color and share a similar peppery taste to the radish itself.

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                                                                            37. Rose

                                                                            Rose petals have a strong, perfumed taste and are commonly found floating in drinks are scattered atop desserts. All roses are edible and flavor intensifies with the darkness of the rose.

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                                                                              38. Rosemary

                                                                              The flower taste like a subtle version of the common herb’s leaves.

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                                                                                39. Sage

                                                                                Once again, the flowers favor the herb’s leaves.

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                                                                                  40. Squash and pumpkin

                                                                                  These blossoms are an excellent choice for stuffing. However, be sure to remove the stamens first.

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                                                                                    41. Sunflower

                                                                                    These petals can be eaten and the bud can even be steamed similar to an artichoke.

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                                                                                      42. Violets

                                                                                      This is another commonly used flower for eating and garnishes. They are most often found in salads, desserts, and drinks.

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                                                                                      Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                                                                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                                                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                                                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                                                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                                                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                                                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                                                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                                                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                                                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                                                      • (1) Research
                                                                                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                                                      • (3) Creating the outline
                                                                                      • (4) Drafting the content
                                                                                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                                                      • (6) Revision
                                                                                      • (7) etc.

                                                                                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                                                      2. Change Your Environment

                                                                                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                                                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                                                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                                                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                                                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                                                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                                                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                                                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                                                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                                                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                                                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                                                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                                                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                                                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                                                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                                                      6. Get a Buddy

                                                                                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                                                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                                                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                                                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                                                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                                                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                                                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                                                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                                                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                                                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                                                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                                                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                                                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                                                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                                                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                                                      Reality check:

                                                                                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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