Edible Flowers at the Farm

Posted by F&S

As you know, we Frenchies are curious about so many things and just the other day, we started a discussion about edible flowers.  Not all flowers are edible, so it’s important to be certain which ones are, as some flowers can be toxic.  However, at the farm, there are many edible flowers growing in the vegetable garden and we decided to share some of them with you.

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Sharkey, you and I have been working so hard on the farm.  Don't you think it's time to stop and smell the roses?

1 Sharkey, you and I have been working so hard on the farm. Don't you think it's time to stop and smell the roses?

Speaking of roses, Francesca, did you know that their petals are edible if they're pesticide free?  And did you know that here are other edible flowers in the vegetable garden?

2 Speaking of roses, Francesca, did you know that their petals are edible if they're pesticide free? And did you know that here are other edible flowers in the vegetable garden?

For example, these bright flowers are nasturtiums.  They make a lovely garnish for salads and they taste sort of peppery, like watercress.

3 For example, these bright flowers are nasturtiums. They make a lovely garnish for salads and they taste sort of peppery, like watercress.

You're right, Sharkey!  Another edible flower is borage.  The vivid blue, star-shaped flowers have been added to salads since the Elizabethan times.

4 You're right, Sharkey! Another edible flower is borage. The vivid blue, star-shaped flowers have been added to salads since the Elizabethan times.

Borage has a similar taste to cucumber and was originally used as a garnish for the drink, Pimm's Cup.  Bees love borage and it's frequently planted alongside vegetables to increase pollination.

5 Borage has a similar taste to cucumber and was originally used as a garnish for the drink, Pimm's Cup. Bees love borage and it's frequently planted alongside vegetables to increase pollination.

Franny, look at these beautiful calendula flowers!  Like nasturtiums, calendula petals can be used as a garnish.

6 Franny, look at these beautiful calendula flowers! Like nasturtiums, calendula petals can be used as a garnish.

The bright yellow and orange pigmentation is also used to color cheeses and also as a substitute for saffron.

7 The bright yellow and orange pigmentation is also used to color cheeses and also as a substitute for saffron.

This fluffy plant is coriander.  The delicate white flowers will become a fruit, which is dried and used as the spice we know as coriander.  The plants leaves are also used in cooking, but they have a different name - cilantro or Chinese parsley!

8 This fluffy plant is coriander. The delicate white flowers will become a fruit, which is dried and used as the spice we know as coriander. The plants leaves are also used in cooking, but they have a different name - cilantro or Chinese parsley!

Are these tiny pink flowers edible too?  Why, this plant smells like oregano!  This is a very important culinary herb in Italian and Greek cuisine, as well as in the Middle East and in Latin America.  And yes, the flowers are edible!

9 Are these tiny pink flowers edible too? Why, this plant smells like oregano! This is a very important culinary herb in Italian and Greek cuisine, as well as in the Middle East and in Latin America. And yes, the flowers are edible!

Sharkey!  Look at these unusual garlic flowers!

10 Sharkey! Look at these unusual garlic flowers!

The garlic flowers will blossom into large pinkish purple globes, but they can be enjoyed in the budding stage for their mild garlicky flavor.

11 The garlic flowers will blossom into large pinkish purple globes, but they can be enjoyed in the budding stage for their mild garlicky flavor.

Garlic blooms, look a lot like their cousin, the chive flower.  That's because they're all part of the allium family.

12 Garlic blooms, look a lot like their cousin, the chive flower. That's because they're all part of the allium family.

Sharkey, isn't it wonderful that so many plants that look good can taste good too?  You just have to know what's edible and be absolutely certain that they have not been sprayed with any sort of chemical.

13 Sharkey, isn't it wonderful that so many plants that look good can taste good too? You just have to know what's edible and be absolutely certain that they have not been sprayed with any sort of chemical.

Comments (11)

  • Hello girls,
    As usual, I couldn't sleep cause I was thinking again. I was wondering what it would be like to be in the Olympics. We could be Team USA Glue Squad. I wonder if they have a tail biting, toilet paper shredding, duck watching, bark at critters, hole digging competition cause if they did we would come away with the gold.
    And then I look at today's post and I got all sad thinking about eating flowers. Because the bottom line is that if I had to survive on eating flowers I would be in deep trouble cause Karen has never had a flower that has ever survived. I would be in deep trouble. How sad for poor Maddox. Hehehehehe
    Well gang, I am going to go to bed and think about what you all did over the weekend. See you in the morning
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • It's me. Cora-Be3lle, I sure hope you post today. You didn't on Friday. Don't make me come out to the west coast to give you what for. You know I worry about you and if you dont post, I worry even more.
    So, even if you say, Cora-Belle here, busy. Over and out, that would be enough. We love you girlfriend so get those paws on the keypad and start typing.
    Love,
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies and Glue Squad,
    Hope everyone had a great weekend. Smelling the flowers,eh? I am just glad you don't have any cones on now. That would be hot. The garden is wonderful and could be yummy with those flowers. We are having good tomatoes and green beans, but things are really weird and not their best this year. Girls, just pack old Lynn up a big shipment of goodies. Hehehehehe! Maddox, another clever idea of the Olympics. You think so much you don't get much sleep. Well, maybe during the day you catch up and take "dog naps." I am concerned too as I haven't heard from Cora Belle since back from the mountains. Hope everyone had a great weekend and I will be anxious to hear soon.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Thank you so much girls for sharing all of this great information about so many edible flowers and their leaves that grow in the vegetable garden at the farm! I know my Mom would love to plant and eat most of those beautiful, edible flowers because she said they look terrific, also! I'm sure I can't eat any because I've been chewing grass and weeds and always throw-up and Mom won't let me eat anymore! We went to Yakima on Saturday and ran into thunder storms and extremely hot weather and I didn't sleep the whole time because I was looking to see all the new places-WOW! We didn't get back home until midnight and them I slept until 9:30AM on Sunday! Thank goodness it was much cooler back home because I was sweating all the way! Sure hope all of you great buddies had a great weekend and will check back later! Hope you all have a great day and stay safe! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Love the information on the edible flowers, some I knew some are new to me...during the war we ate many different wild plants, I only remember after the war we ate wild spinach and other type of plants..one in particular I can't look at because it made me sick.

    So you girls are so educated and passing on the info helps us...thanks for sharing!

    We will break record heat again today...when will it end? everything looks so combustible.

    Kitty is loosing sooooo much fur it just keeps on coming out, I should use it to make something (found a site that shows someone making small animal figures...hmmm intersting!

    OK got to run...hope we hear from Cora Belle and hope everyone is OK...will try and check this evening

    schmoosy
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Another weekend “in the books” as they say. What a lovely subject for today. But if you expect me to eat those flowers you’re mistaken. “So lovely to look at, so delightful to see; but if you expect me to eat them, you’re barking up the wrong tree.” No thunderstorms this weekend but it did rain really hard for about 10 minutes and then it cleared up. I had another bath which keeps me from itching so much. My tail is doing just fine and some of the hair is coming back where I pulled it out. Now that is beginning to itch; cone time again. That cone and I have become BFF. What am I saying? I hate the thing; it’s not my friend.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Good morning Ladies,
    I took notes for Mimi's little tomato plot that the landscape designer left for her. We live in a neighborhood that has rules, so the tomato garden really has to look good! Will give the Borage a try next year.
    Hey Maddox! Another great idea! Glue-Squad Olympians. I can run in a sprint, too! Especially if I can run around in circles. LOL. Cora Belle can herd us all together for the medal ceremony.....
    Ahhh such a nice dream for my morning nap.
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Learn something new all the time. I didn't know so many of those flowers could be used as garnishment. Leave it to Mommy M to have plants that do "multiple duty." :wink:

    I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. It's back to being boiling hot here in Chicago but now the humidity has kicked up to. Yuck!

  • Thank you to everyone who wrote here to me about Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow over the past week. It has helped me a lot to come to terms that she is no longer here and the 24/7 time I spent with her is gone now. I am trying to keep busy and think of the happy times but I do backslide and feel depressed sometimes.

    I will miss her forever I know that and some days I feel like running down the street with nervous energy so I keep busy and I know as time passes the pain won't be so deeply felt by my parents and me . We miss her and feel her presence and her absence at the same time.

    It was a privilege & an honor to raise her from a six week old puppy. I thank God he gave me Bos and that we had such a good happy full life together.
    Reading the blogs here and loving all the photos.

  • Hi Girls, & Glue Squad, Thanks for letting us know which flowers can be eaten and used in food preparation. I know when I go after Mom's flowers, she doesn't give me the okay to get too close, I think she knows what happens when I do-they get a pruning by "yours truly", then she's not too happy. After all, I have to keep up my image.

    It was a hot weekend and this week is heading that way also, drier air maybe by the end of week. So that means, plenty of inside time for me & keeping an eye on things.

    Where's Zoe, swimming in the pool??? Chloe, where are you?? Cora-Belle, hope you are okay. Kirby, glad your tail is getting better, remember, no biting, let the fur grow back. Abby, hope Mom didn't work too hard this weekend.

    Hi to all my other buddies, that means Lynn & Pam too :)

    Till next time,

    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hi everyone,
    I am back again. I am so worried about our Cora-Belle and Lucinda too. I think she has back problems. We miss hearing from you. I hope that all it is could be that maybe your computer isn't working right now. And Zoe, where the heck are you girlfriend? How is your dad doing? Chloe hasn't posted for a while. I think she is grounded. There are a group of us that post everyday and we all look forward to those comments. They are what ties us together. They are the glue that binds our extremely close friendship with one another and when a shall I say Charter Member of the Glue Squad doesn't post anything for a couple days, we all get very concerned so please check in so we can all rest a little easier. Pam, we are so glad you ate here with us. Keep coming back
    Maddox

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