Not just a beautiful garnish but flowers can be pretty good for you too. However, it can be difficult to know what is a safe and steer clear flower; whether all parts are edible or only some. Even those that are edible can be harmful if not grown organically (if pesticides are used). Here, we’ve compiled a printable guide of some of our favourite floral varieties, that you can keep to hand for when you’re planning your next function, or are preparing your shopping list and want to pick up some flowers to add colour to your dishes.

Of course, you’re not likely to have many of these varieties growing in your own garden (though it’s a good excuse to start planting!). However, some varieties, such as rose petals, can be found in the spices isle of your local supermarket. Others are becoming more widely available through food specialists (namely cake suppliers), and some high street retailers, such as Lakeland. When buying through trusted retailers, you can be safe in the knowledge they’ve been grown for consumption.

Right click, or hold, and save the image of our guide to keep on your phone.

Using edible flowers can be used in a variety of ways;

  • As a garnish: When hosting your next dinner party, why not add a sprinkling or border of flowers on the plate? Flowers would also help to add colour and vibrancy to a grazing board or buffet. We guarantee it’ll be a talking point as it is still quite unusual to see edible flowers on a dinner plate.
  • Within the dish itself: As highlighted, they not only help to brighten up a meal, but some varieties can help to boost your antioxidant levels.
  • As a decoration: Whether for a special occasion, such as a birthday or Christmas cake, or some other sweet treats, take the time to arrange some edible flowers on your bake as the main decoration.

If you’re looking for more information and guidance on eating flowers, gardening experts Thompson Morgan, have a fantastic article on how to prepare your flowers as well as additional species you can eat- and the ones to certainly avoid!

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