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 (10)

  • I love it when I learn something new from you Frenchie Girls! Especially about coriander/cilantro, I always knew they were related but not in the way you informed us. Also about Borage, we had that growing all around our California garden and never knew we could have eaten the flowers...what a waste!
    Say, what happened to my July 29th comment???

    Anyway it's 12:31am (hour behind from DW) and I'm ready to hit the hay...Kitty is in sleeping, thank goodness because she was out all last night... Tonight she brought me a small mouse, she dropped it in front of the deck door and looked at me when I said NO! All of a sudden the mouse took off with a flying leap off the deck, but Kitty did not catch up with it :-)

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • I've never eaten flowers! Though, I do think the are pretty addition to any meal.

    Make sure there aren't any little pesky insects nestled inside those flowers! That would make a far more interesting meal, huh! :)

    gail

  • Good morning girls,
    Did you know you can make wine out of Rosé petals? So instead of eating the roses, you are drinking them. Hehehehehehehe. Oh boy, I am on a roll this morning. Zoe, you ate paper? A new magazine? Right on girlfriend. You always put a big smile on my face when I hear things like this. Ruby, don't feel bad. Our house at Karen's is ripped apart too. James Dean, tell Abby I am glad she is feeling better. Maybe you could get her a little sun bonnet to wear. What is this about kittens? I missed something. Kitty, are you having kittens? Kirby, you still getting heavy rain? Missy Chow, you must be on good behavior lately. Good girl. Rebel, Baby Favor and Dudley, watch for hawks. We don't want you to go flying with the birds. Martha, Riley and Lucy, what is new with you? Brutus and Max, and Dixie Boy, do you know anything about Kitty having kittens or is that just a rumor? Sonya and Gail, do either of you have any animals? Just curious.
    Black Mamma, what is going on at the ranch? Are the Sheperds still there? Any decision on a new family member for James and Lucinda yet?
    I guess the guys are starting work on the kennel early today so I better eat my breakfast and get my list together of what I want them to get done today. After all, somebody has to be in charge and it might as well be me. Hehehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good morning ladies,
    Boy, it was so busy at work yesterday that I forgot to sign in and see what you two and the glue squad were up to!
    Mimi and Bekah shared a nasturtium the other day. They said it tasted good. Mimi started the nasturtiums from seed and the borage, too. I think she got the in the ground late 'cause there aren't many flowers yet. The borage might be ready at Halloween!
    My friends, Eli & Bekah are coming to the house today. Mimi is taking them to the dentist this afternoon. They're great kids. They have been very patient with me while I was getting used to being with children.
    Rainy day today. Time for my morning nap.
    Have a great day everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Thank you sweet girls for sharing these edible flowers that you found at Martha's beautiful Bedford farm! I don't think we have any edible flowers, but I enjoyed seeing yours! That yellow flower that colors cheese is unusual! Thanks for sharing all of these and Mom could plant some for us to enjoy! Have a great day and please hug GK for me again! Hi Delia, please hug Kitty for me! Hi Gail, how is your weather today? Maddox, love your comments about all of our great buddies and my Mom never lets me go outside without her close by so I never get hurt by hawks or coyotes or raccoons! Hi Rebel, sorry about your rain! We are supposed to get some starting on Thursday! We haven't had any all month! Hope to hear from the rest of you great buddies! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    I escaped quickly over the sheets on the floor to the computer. Varnishing spots on the hardwood now. For sure, I need some salmon to calm my nerves. Anyway, I love this about all the edible plants. You know what I have been eating, and Mom thinks it is bugs? Hehehehe It is me, I am eating her sunflower leaves. A bite a day keeps the doctor away. Maddox, you silly professor, I think you were in the catnip. When I said about the kittens, it wasn't our Kitty, it was at Mama Martha's. One blog the girls mentioned they had to get back to the house and the kittens. No word on if they are new or old kittens. Someone help us solve this problem. I want to hear from all my buddies. I think you are all taking the lazy days of summer in, huh? Glad you are back Rebel. Everyone better check in today. My days aren't complete unless I know my Glue Squad Buddies are alright. Have a GEM of a day. Now to get out of this room by means of sheets again.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hello Franny,Sharkey,Ruby,Maddox and all my buddies,
    I am back! So nice to be off today and feeling better! I am learning all about the pretty edible flowers and loved seeing the girls out at the garden today.
    Kitty, how wonderful that you are teaching Delia how to hunt. I know that is why you brought her a live mouse present. Jimmy told me all about it. Do not worry about the kittens rumor, Maddox is being clever and funny. Martha must have some beautiful new persian kittens. Jimmy is all excited to see photographs of his breed. He is a lilac point persian and very fuzzy.
    Stay safe from the hawks Rebel and Dudley. Zoe, hope you are chilling out by the pool. Missy Chow, great job being good! Dixie Boy, hope you are having fun with Mis. Ruby, have fun in your kingdom.
    Off to look for lunch, hugs and high paws to all-
    Abby the pug/peke/frenchie

  • Hi Everyone,
    I'm a bit puzzled too delia, my July 29th comment never made it to publication. It's probably a good thing. Mis was telling of my misadventures. More on that in a minute.
    Sharkey and Francesca, we loved this story. Mis tried to get us to eat daylilies. They are much too pretty to eat. Mis and her sister used to grow all kinds of herbs and flowers. Borage has beautiful flowers and is great for the bees as are Hyssop and catmint. Me and the cousins prefer to munch on wild turnip salad when our tummies don't feel well. Zeke and Izzy used to eat mushrooms when they first arrived. Not wise! I'm glad they don't do that anymore. Mis thinks it was because they didn't have any food to eat when they were pups, before their rescue. No worries now as long as they produce Blue.
    Ok, what you guys didn't hear about yesterday was the incident with Pungo, the cat. I kinda winged him last Thursday in the yard. He looks tooooo much like a raccoon! He's forgave me the next day (gave me a kiss)but it may take some time to grow that chunk of hair back. I'M SO SORRY! I don't know what gets into me! My prey drive hits and I lose all my good sense! I don't mind the cats if they are in the house or on the porch but when they get in the yard, I mistake them for prey. At least that's my story and I'm going to stick to it! Mis is NOT happy! Her cats mean a lot to her. They were here when I got here and even stayed inside a lot. But then I came and they were scared of me. Can't blame them! Opie was my best friend when he came and taught me about cats, but now he's gone. Mis is going to try protect me from my bad ways and create a Catio for the cats. This means less freedom for all. A lot of unhappy pets around here soon. Better than an unhappy Mis though!
    Beardies, careful with those raccoons, and make sure they're not cats. I hope everyone is well, esp. Abby.
    Maddox, I don't know anything about these kittens everyone is talking about but Mis would probably trade me for one right now. HA! Ruby, we live in the projects, remodeling, painting, flooring, it's ALL been going on here since I showed up 5 years ago. Black Mamma, stay safe! Hope you get some doggy protection soon! To everyone, be safe and go hug your human today! Dixie Boy

  • ..we have borage and lots of edible flowers here are the farm/ranch..we just look at them...no eating flowers here!..Ivan and Ivanka may stay much longer than we thought..their human dad passed away(Just got back from vacation)..so Lucinda and James said yes, they will take the big shepherds under their wing till things settle down...the lady who owns them is not near as crazy over them as her husband was..says she doesn't like dogs...so who knows they may be here forever..Lucinda says she doesn't deserve the big beautiful guys..I and the ferals agree, so tomarrow Ivanka will do some posting, under my name..I will help her get the hang of this..so hope that is okay with you glue squaders..I know Cora-Belle would be happy as Ivan and Ivanka were her buddies...life takes strange turns doesn't it...love, Black Mama p.s. guess what?..James and Lucinda are loading them up as we speak for a ride to the beach for maple bars and mochas..Lucinda is beaming but sad at the same time..but Cora-Belle would have approved!!

  • Hi Francesca Baby, I liked learning about edible flowers today. Is it ok for pups to eat the garlic flowers, though? I thought we had to be careful around garlic and onions. Which is a shame because those are Dad's two favorite seasonings.
    There is a hawk that lives in the park across the street, but we don't worry about him. The dog fighters that live nearby and use our park to arrange fights and breedings we DO worry about. I think that's about all we have going on here-- I am almost out the door to visit Dr. Dude and get my spa day done and my ucky eye looked at.
    A bientot!

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