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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.

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                                                        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 November 18, 2020

                                                                                      50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                                                                      50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                                                                      If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                                                                      That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                                                                      Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                                                                      1. Believe It to See It

                                                                                      Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                                                                      2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                                                                      While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                                                                      3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                                                                      Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                                                                      4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                                                                      Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                                                                      5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                                                                      There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                                                                      6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                                                                      It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                                                                      7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                                                                      Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                                                                      8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                                                                      Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                                                                      9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                                                                      Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                                                                      10. Be in It to Win It

                                                                                      Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                                                                      11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                                                                      People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                                                                      12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                                                                      Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                                                                      13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                                                                      You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                                                                      14. Be a One-Off Original

                                                                                      Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                                                                      15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                                                                      Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                                                                      16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                                                                      Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                                                                      17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                                                                      Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                                                                      18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                                                                      We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                                                                      19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                                                                      Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                                                                      20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                                                                      Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                                                                      21. Make Your Own Luck

                                                                                      In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                                                                      22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                                                                      While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                                                                      23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                                                                      Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                                                                      24. Champion in Communication

                                                                                      Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                                                                      25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                                                                      Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                                                                      26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                                                                      To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                                                                      27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                                                                      While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                                                                      28. Live by Core Values

                                                                                      Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                                                                      29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                                                                      Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                                                                      30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                                                                      Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                                                                      31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                                                                      Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                                                                      32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                                                                      Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                                                                      33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                                                                      Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                                                                      34. Change Opens New Doors

                                                                                      People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                                                                      35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                                                                      It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                                                                      36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                                                                      Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                                                                      37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                                                                      When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                                                                      38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                                                                      How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                                                                      39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                                                                      If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                                                                      40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                                                                      Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                                                                      41. Swim Against the Tide

                                                                                      Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                                                                      42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                                                                      More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                                                                      43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                                                                      Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                                                                      44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                                                                      While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                                                                      45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                                                                      Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                                                                      46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                                                                      Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                                                                      47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                                                                      While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                                                                      48. Follow Through

                                                                                      Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                                                                      49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                                                                      We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                                                                      50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                                                                      To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                                                                      So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                                                                                      Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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