Tuesday Ten: Edible Flowers

It probably comes to no one’s surprise that flowers are an essential part of my day. Whether it’s arranging bouquets of fresh blooms for a dinner party or simply setting out a vase for my bedside table, I now consider it a regular habit to fill my home with florals. In addition to décor and entertaining, I’ve also noticed that flowers have spilled over into my cooking as well…

2016 has definitely been the year of edible flowers. Sitting atop cakes, cocktails and every sweet treat in sight, any recipe that features edible blooms is bound to be a hit. Not to mention they’re incredibly photogenic! I’ve even been inspired to plant a few different edible varieties in my own garden. Since I reserve flower market trips for special occasions, I can now walk a few feet from my kitchen and pick blooms whenever I’m whipping up a pretty dessert. However, not all flowers are safe to use in the kitchen. To help you steer clear of potentially toxic flowers, I’ve created a list of the prettiest edible flowers to cook and bake with.

The next time you’re looking to add a few fresh blooms to your confections, refer to my 10 favorite edible flowers below (illustrated for LC.com by the talented Alexzandra Fajardo)…

See what flowers are edible for your next floral recipes

1. Saffron
2. Hollyhock
3. Carnation
4. Nasturtium
5. Viola
6. Pansy
7. Sunflower
8. Rose
9. Chamomile
10. Marigold

Any of these edible flowers would be the perfect addition to your next cocktail or dessert!

Have you ever incorporated edible flowers into your recipes?

Let me know if you have in the comments below!

XO Lauren

Artwork: Alexzandra Fajardo for LaurenConrad.com
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  • I had no idea these were all edible!

    • LaurenConradOnline

      We were surprised at some of them too! Glad you were able to learn something new. 🙂

  • No and I didn’t even know half of these were edible! Totally going to try it x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • Cassidy Short

    So pretty! And perfect to add to a cocktail 🙂

    xoxo
    Cassidy

    http://heartofgoldandglitter.blogspot.com/2016/08/blueberry-galette.html

    • LaurenConradOnline

      The absolute perfect addition to a cocktail! Who knew they could be so versatile?

  • So useful! Thank you!

  • Taste of France

    So funny–what goes around comes around. I did something on this in the late ’80s. Edible flowers were all the rage.

  • I didn’t know you could eat some of these! This is awesome. And I could totally picture some of these being in pretty pastries 🙂

    xo Azu

    http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

  • Jennifer Xia

    As gross as it sounds, I used to eat dandelions that I found at the park from time to time when I was very little and my parents weren’t watching 😛

    Jennifer Xia 😀

    • Samantha Chou

      no way Jennifer!

      • Jennifer Xia

        True story! It actually happened! (I cringe every time I tell the story!)

        • Amy Qian

          I’ve tried roses before! Didn’t like it.

          xoxo

          amy q

          • Grace Raveney

            wow that doesn’t sound very good! 😛

            ~~~ Grace Raveney

    • Janissa Loh

      OMG JENNIFER I HAVE DONE THAT TOO! And I thought I was the only weird one here! 😉

      xoxo

      Janissa Loh

    • Navaz Allahwal

      I have eaten cooked cactus (with the spiky parts taken out) during one vacation to Cancun! My family loved it, but I was the only one who didn’t like it! haha

      • Jennifer Xia

        ooh Navaz, I have tried that before too! I didn’t like it either! so you’re not the only one!

    • Haha, love it

      • Jennifer Xia

        😀

    • Cara Taylor

      Interesting! What did it taste like?

  • Douglas grey

    I love flowers they are so pretty..can use them in meny things in life..:)

  • Flowers Kolkata

    Great and very sensible article on edible flowers.
    Flowers Kolkata

  • I put carnation petals on top of cupcakes once =) Such an easy way to make a simple dessert super pretty! I also love all things lavender: in cocktails, lattes, lemonade.

  • Who knew all of these pretty flowers were edible? 🙂 <3 Thank you so much for sharing! I can definitely see them garnishing cocktails and desserts!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/