The Five Best Edible Flowers

Crystallized edible flowers or candied flowers are almost too pretty to eat. There are more than 100 types of flowers that are not just edible but palatable as well. You can add edible flowers to different foods like salads, desserts, and even pizza, and you can add them to cocktails. Edible flowers and plants have been around for many, many years. You can either buy them and bring them home to add a delight to your different types of meals or drinks or you can enjoy seeing and eating the different flavors they bring at a restaurant. In fact, visits to fine dining restaurants have gone up by 3 % within the past year alone. This means that thousands, if not millions more people are visiting these types of restaurants than the past year.

Borage Blossoms

The borage blossoms come in the shape of a star and are a blue color. They also taste like cucumbers, which is why they are good to add into your salads. Because of the refreshing taste they bring out, borage blossom edible flowers are also great to add into your lemonade and other refreshing cocktails. They are great in gin and tonics!


The calendula is known as the “poor man’s saffron.” They come in a sunset color marigold edible flower and really do bring out a taste of saffron when cooked right to bring the flavor out. Saute them in olive oil because the oil releases the flavor you are trying to bring out of them. When these marigolds are not cooked, you can add them to deviled eggs because of the slightly spicy taste to them.


The hibiscus candied flowers are both sweet and tart at the same time. Because of this, and because they have somewhat of a cranberry flavor to them, they are good to add to drinks. Drop some fresh hibiscus edible flower petals into a glass of tea or some type of party cocktail and you and your guests get to watch them bloom right before your very eyes.


The lavender crystallized edible flowers are sweet yet have a perfume taste to them at the same time. These candied flowers bring out their flavor best when added to drinks like certain cocktails as well as desserts, like chocolate cake. They are sure to be a hit with your party guests.

Zucchini Blossoms

Zucchini blossoms edible candy flowers come in a bright yellow color and have a slightly sweet, yet delicate taste to them. These crystallized edible flowers are great enjoyed the classic way, by stuffing them with herbs and goat cheese, or adding them to pizza.

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Francis Pitt

Francis Pitt has made a name for himself in farm-to-table organics, working at restaurants in Portland, Seattle and Burlington, Vermont. While he has a taste for the extreme, most of his restaurant’s top sellers are much more down-to-earth, regularly featuring mushrooms gathered from the slopes of the Cascades, and fresh wild-caught seafood from the Oregon coast. Inspired by trends in Portland, his latest restaurant offers the ultimate chef’s table: dinner begins in the morning at his island collective farm, and 4 lucky guests every week get to follow the food, literally, from the field to the plate! Francis is a firm believer that you are what you eat — do you really want to be a chemistry set?