Get Creative with Edible Flowers

12 May 2015

Impress your dinner guests or have your kids try something different with their salad, edible Autumn flowers will fill your home with colour for weeks and best of all, you can eat them! Don’t believe such floral wonders exist? Here are two (2) wonderful edible Autumn flowers that will make you look like you’re a contestant on Master Chef.

Pansies ‘loving thoughts’

A flower that symbolizes ‘loving thoughts’, the pansy is a delightful little flower that loves the cold weather. Available in a range of colours, from whites, bright yellows to velvety purples and blues, pansies are a long time favourite for potted winter colour. For optimum flowering, give pansies a sunny position, as they won’t flower well in full shade. If gifting a potted pansy, plant in Searles Premium Potting Mix, making sure the pot is wide enough to allow for the plant to grow

Edible pansy qualities

The pansy flower is 100% edible. They have a mild tart flavour. You can use pansies as floral colour to ice-cubes, in salads or even crystalise with sugar and egg-white to decorate cupcakes and desserts.

Roses ‘love & friendship’

Roses are a traditional symbol of love. There are hundreds of rose varieties on the market, so you’re sure to find a colour to showcase in the garden, from deep reds, to purples, peaches, yellows pinks and white. Whilst roses tend to perform best planted into the garden, miniature roses do quite well in pots. However being heavy feeders, they do require a little TLC to keep them flowering and healthy.

Edible rose qualities

Whilst the bushes are covered in thorns, the flower petals can be quite aromatic and sweet to the palette. Note that not all roses have a fragrance. Rose petals can be used in teas, ice-cubes, salads, jams and crystalised for cake decorating.

Other Edible Autumn Flowers

There are several other edible Autumn Flowers you may wish to consider for for the home or as gifts, just their meanings are not nearly as special as Pansies or Roses. These flowers include; 
 
Dianthus caryophyllus - pink ‘gratitude’ and yellow ‘cheerful’ 
Chrysanthemum coronarium – red ‘sharing’, yellow ‘secret admirer’ and white ‘truth’ 
Lavender ‘distrust’ 
Marigold ‘desire for riches’ 
Snapdragon ‘presumptuous’ 
Violet ‘faithfulness’ 
 
It’s always a good idea to check with your local nursery if the flowers you are purchasing are fit for consumption and what parts of the flower are edible. If it doubt, don’t pop them in your mouth!

Written by

Renee Nugent
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