Edible flowers

There’s an influx of Instagram posts picturing buddha bowls filled to the brim with the most colourful vegetables and fruits; it’s all about creative style and making your meal look the most appetising.

Flowers are now being used to decorate these meals, not edible flowers.. but ‘pretty’ flowers or berries. This is so dangerous as many edible flowers still come with a caution label.

These few examples below illustrate the use of poisonous berries and flowers. None of the posts come with a disclaimer explaining that the flowers/berries are INEDIBLE and are only used to improve the aesthetic. This can be fatal in some cases, or at the very least, cause discomfort.

There is an ample list of edible flowers. Grown very easily these flowers will aid in some people’s path to self-sufficiency; some can be grown in containers on balconies or small patios! These flowers are beautiful and nutritious; they make a wonderful addition to meals.

A few edible flowers available spring/summer:



Viola ‘Sorbet Delft Blue F1’

Viola ‘Heartsease’

French Marigold ‘Durango Yellow’

Dianthus ‘Electron’ (sweet William)

Roses ‘Darcy Bussell”, ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and ‘Comte de Chambourd’

Calendula ‘Calypso Orange’

Nasturtium ‘Empress of India’

Courgette Romanesco


Websites for exploring edible flowers:




Take care eating any edible flower as it can cause adverse reactions in different people. All these flowers are throughly researched and tried/tested as edible.

[Not own images]

Published by eleanorowensgardening

Young gardener based in West Sussex.

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