Have you ever eaten flowers? I bet you have had flowers as food. Just look at herb tea. Off the box of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herb Tea, the ingredients are chamomile flowers, spearmint leaves, lemon grass, tilia flowers, passion flower leaves, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn berries and rosebuds.
Jasmine and Lemon Verbena are also flowers that are made into teas. The flowers that grow in clover are purplish-red called red clovers. Look for a white V on the leaves and a sweet scent, then, pick three flowers for tea. Wash them, then, put them into a tea ball, then, into a cup of hot water for about five minutes. Remove the ball and sip. You just made a cup of herb tea!
Flowers We Eat
Even if you don't drink herb tea, you probably have eaten broccoli, cauliflower or artichokes. The part we eat is the flowering bud of these vegetables.
Many of the herbs and spices that we use have edible flowers: basil, dill, marjoram, savory, fennel, ginger, thyme, safflower, chicory, anise hyssop, rosemary, sage, oregano, and mint.
Flowers as Food
The flowers I mention here will be only ones with which I am familiar because there are so many that are edible. If you are going to eat the petals of a flower, take the white tip off first.
Carnation petals are used to make Chartreuse, a French liqueur. Impatiens or Peonies are pretty floating in a drink. Primrose has been fermented into wine. Use Lavender in a glass of Champaign. Scented Geraniums can be frozen into ice cubes, then, served in drinks. The leaves and stems of the Chrysanthemum Crown Daisy are commonly used in Asian stir-fry dishes.
If you want to use flowers as food, get to know your flowers and start slowly.
Most flowers are poisonous, so don't run into the woods and start eating flowers. Some edible flowers have a verybad taste.
The best flowers as food for you to eat are those that have been specifically grown to be eaten.Wash all flowers thoroughly before eating. Be safe and use good common sense.