While we love them for the vibrant colors and freshness they bring to a space, there are some varieties of flowers that pack a host of healing benefits. Whether you use them as a focal point of your meal, or as a little garnish in your breakfast chia pudding for a self-love treat, edible flowers are a great way to add a bit of color, a hint of flavor and creativity to your next meal. Before we start, a disclaimer: Not all flowers are safe for eating, so do your due diligence before plucking any petal laden stem from the ground. Also, we recommend that you know the source of the flowers by talking to your vendors and to use organic flowers to avoid flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals before you start indulging in this exotic treat. But, back to the edible flowers – here are the ones we love most:
Elderflowers boast antioxidant benefits and are known to boost the immune system – keeping common colds and infections at bay. Elderflowers can even be used to reduce inflammation and soothe the symptoms associated with bronchitis. While you’ve definitely seen your fair share of Elderflower based teas, the flowers and their berries are also commonly cooked into desserts. If you haven’t tried an Elderberry infused tart or Elderflower almond flour pancakes, you haven’t lived!
More than just a weed, Dandelions are criminally underrated for their health benefits and for the bitter taste they can bring to a dish. As a known anti-inflammatory, Dandelions can help soothe common bodily ailments like stomach pain, sore muscles, and can even be used to reduce the inflammation associated with common skin conditions like acne or eczema. Pretty neat huh? You can eat them raw – we really like them in our salads, eggs or incorporate them into a soothing tea.
We love their signature vivid hue, but dare we say we love their healing qualities even more? Similar to Elderflowers, Violets are high in antioxidant. They also have anti-inflammatory benefits, and have been known to help quell headaches, reduce pain, and promote a more restful sleep. Making it an ideal addition to our nightly cup of tea. If you have more of a sweet tooth, you can reduce the flowers into a syrup to be added to sweets, giving them a (you guessed it) floral aroma and a touch of sweetness. Or, try adding them to your scallops’ entrée with other edible flowers to brighten and beautify your romantic evening for two.
Now that we’ve shared with you some of our favorites, the next time you’re shopping at your local farmer’s market or natural & organic grocery store, take a stroll down the produce aisle to look for edible flowers. They’re a great way to add a pop of color and flavor to your meal while adding a little self-love to your plate. Cheers!