As humans, it’s in our nature to look at something and wonder if we can eat it. Sometimes this curiosity gets us into troublesome situations, like eating a questionable mushroom found in the woods, but other times it can be pretty exciting. Case in point: flowers. We bet you didn’t know that these 10 flowers were completely edible.
Violets are most commonly used to make jelly and tea, and can also be candied. They make for a nice garnish, but also add a burst of color to salads.
Lilacs are among the best-smelling flowers, and they taste just like they smell. They can be used in ice creams, sorbets, and jams, and when infused into simple syrup, they can be part of a great cocktail.
The blossoms from this humble weed have been used to make tea, syrups, and even wine, and the greens are incredibly healthy since they’re high in antioxidants, minerals, and potassium.
Carnations are sweet, and can be eaten as-is or even steeped in wine. They also work well as a cake decoration.
Daylilies are sweet and can be eaten raw, and the buds are a good source of vitamin C and carotene. Even the roots are edible.
These beautiful flowers have a slightly spicy, cucumber-like flavor, and are traditionally used as garnishes, but they can also be candied or used in stir-fry dishes.
With the pistils and stamens removed, tulips make for great edible bowls. Fill them up with everything from ice cream to grain salads and munch away.
With a mild, grassy flavor, sunflower petals are incredibly versatile; they can be baked into breads, tossed into salads, mixed with grain salads, or used as a charming garnish.
Apple blossoms add a subtle, apple-y essence to anything they’re added to, from desserts to salads. Add them to ice cream, cakes and pies, pastries, and anything you’d typically add apples to.
The bright color of begonias makes for a stunning garnish, and are best mixed into salads.