Sourcing edible flowers doesn't have to stress you out! As a floral baker and self proclaimed flowervore, I want to share how to get safe edible flowers for all of your needs.
Unfortunately I'm creating this post out of necessity. I've been seeing a lot of cakes on social media using the pressed flowers for crafting off of amazon that are 1) not a variety of flower you should eat 2) not grown for human consumption.
You don't want to accidentally get your guests sick by serving them up something that was never meant to be eaten.
There are several websites you can find flowers safe for consumption online. Etsy has independent sellers, however if you're in a pinch and need something fast - I broke down the best edible flowers you can buy from amazon.
Flowers from amazon have some limitations. Amazon does not carry fresh edible flowers. However, you can find an abundance of dried florals that you can use as tea, in cooking and baking, and for garnish.
- Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp.)
Hibiscus flowers are popular in many cuisines, including Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese. They can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, and their tart flavor pairs well with fruits like mango and pineapple. Hibiscus flowers can be eaten raw or cooked, and they make a beautiful garnish for cocktails and desserts.
- Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Nasturtiums are easy-to-grow annuals that come in a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, red, and pink. Their slightly peppery flavor pairs well with salads, sandwiches, and vegetable dishes. Nasturtiums can also be used as a colorful garnish for cocktails and desserts.
- Rose (Rosa sp.)
Roses are perhaps the most popular flower in the world, and they make a beautiful addition to any dish. While rose petals can be eaten raw, they are most commonly used as a garnish for desserts or added to syrups and other sweetened beverages. Rose petals can also be candied or used to make rosewater, which is a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine.
- Marigold (Tagetes sp.)
Marigolds are annuals that come in a wide range of colors, including yellow, orange, red, and white. Their slightly bitter flavor pairs well with salads, vegetables, grains, and legumes. Marigolds can also be used as a natural food dye or as a pretty garnish for cocktails and desserts.
- Squash blossom (Cucurbita sp.)
Squash blossoms are the flowers of squash plants like zucchini and pumpkin. They have a delicate flavor that is often compared to that of corn silk or daylilies. Squash blossoms are typically fried or used as a garnish for soups and salads.
Chamomile (NAME HERE.) Chrysanthemums are available in many different colors, though white and yellow varieties are most common. Their slightly sweet flavor pairs well with poultry, fish, pork, and complimentary vegetables like squash.
Jasmine (Jasminum sp.) Jasmine flowers have a delicate floral flavor that is often used in tea blends
Lavender (Lavandula sp.)Lavender has a distinctly floral flavor that is popular in baked goods
Dandelion (NAME HERE )Dandelions have a slight grassy flavor that pairs well with leafy green salads
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)Sunflower blossoms have a nutty flavor that is popular in savory dishes
As you can see , there are many different types of edible flowers available . With such a wide variety , it's easy to find one that will complement any dish . So , next time you're looking to add something extra special to your meal , consider using one of these delicious and beautiful edible flowers . Thank you for reading ! I hope this inspires you to try something new in your cooking .
Nearly every part of a rose plant is edible, and you can find some great rose products on amazon. The flavor of rose is reminiscent of strawberries and tart green apples. Here are different rose varieties you can find on amazon.
Rose buds: Organic rose buds from Starwest Botanicals are safe for consumption and are just as beautiful as they look! You can use these rose buds as tea, like we do in our rose milk tea latte or as a beautiful garnish on anything.
Rose hips: FGO offers organic rose hips , Starwest botanicals also has their own, but FGO was selected as the winner for their more sustainable packaging.
Rose water: There is plenty of organic rose water on amazon, but it comes with a different price tag depending on whether or not it's marketed for beauty and health or for consumption. I use Corta's rose water when I don't make my own at home.
Sweet, floral flavor, with lemon and citrus notes. Lavender is very popular and easy to source on amazon. You can't go wrong with Anthony's dried organic lavender buds.
You can't go wrong with Anthony's dried organic chamomile flowers.
You can't go wrong with these calendula flowers
With hibiscus you may be looking for the beautiful flower for a tropical garnish. Organic hibiscus
If you're hoping to start a botanical project that requires fresh, safe for consumption flowers - these posts will be of great help to you: Where to buy or find edible flowers for cookies and cakes or How to grow edible flowers indoors or Edible flowers to grow in your garden.