More and more people are interested in foraging for their food, and there are plenty of edible wildflowers to be found! In this blog post, we'll take a look at some of the best wildflowers for eating based on how easy it is to find them.
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinalis) – The dandelion plant is a common herb that can be found growing all over the world. It's great to grow in your garden, because it's difficult to harvest safely (not close to a roadway, or in an area without many animals). Dandelion is common in pastures, lawns, orchards, hay fields. In fact, come spring time - it's likely you'll see them pop up all over. The roots of this edible flower have been used for many years as medicine and it's flowers taste sweet like honey. Can be used in anything, from salad, herbal chicken stock, lemonade or tea.
English daisy (Bellis perennis) - While many people enjoy the bitter taste of these flowers, they are most often used for their beautiful petals and decoration. You may spot daisies in lawns and parks, growing in moist, fertile soils and in full sun or partial shade.
Wood sorrel (Rumex acetone) - If you love the tangy taste of lemons, then sorrel is a flower for your palate. It has tart flavors that are refreshing and good on pizza or in sauces to add some excitement! You will likely spot sorrel in late spring, In woodland or hedgerows.
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) - Gorgeous with a sweet honey flavor. Only the flowers are edible, avoid the berries which are poisonous. The beautiful flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Honeysuckle is a climbing plant, which is hard to miss, and often where it twines itself around other shrubs and trees.
Lilac (Syrringa vulgaris) Very fragrant floral taste, beautiful candied or infused in honey. Wild lilac can be found in hedgerows and along woodlands. Lilacs offer good summer shade after they have reached several feet tall. Lilacs can be used for anything from a beautiful syrup to a delicious dessert garnish.
Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) - Sweet and spicy flavor, often used in savory appetizers and to garnish any and everything. They do well in poor soil and repel common garden pests. The wild variety is trailing and will climb up trees and steep hillsides.
Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana) Incredibly easy to grow and beautiful in everything you add it to. Enjoy our popular Garden pansy salad. Wild pansy can be spotted in meadows and fields.
Wild Rose (Rosa rugosa) The flavor of these flowers is reminiscent to that of strawberries and tart green apples. It is common in open ares and clearings. Darker varieties have a more prominent taste than their lighter counterparts, but all roses are edible. You will love How to make rose lemonade, rose petal candy, rose infused honey, diy rose water, rose syrup, rose tea, or rose petal jam.
Sunflower (Helianthus annus) – A family-friendly snack that's filled with protein and nutrients, sunflower seeds make an excellent option. Cooked and salted, they make a tasty snack anywhere you are or can be shelled to mix into your favorite salad. They grow tall and love the sun, which makes them perfect for filling in the backs of garden beds or for building a fun tall structure for your children in the backyard. The flower tastes similar to artichokes. You can spot wild sunflower in large open fields.
Violets (Viola species) – Violets are often a sign of early spring and are found in shady areas with moist soil. Violets are versatile and can be candied and used to decorate cakes or made into violet jelly. You can use violets as a ground cover for your lawn, helping to add a pop of color long before many other flowers begin to bloom.
Elderflower Blossoms (Sambucus spp) – Elderflowers belong to the olive family and are beautiful flowering plants. Flowers such as these are highly fragrant and can be used in backyards and landscaping. The flowers, leaves, berries, bark and roots have all been used in traditional folk medicine for centuries. Elderflower grows as an ornamental shrub or small tree in primarily sunny locations.
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) – Bee balm is an annual plant that can be found in the mint family. It is often spotted in areas with full sunlight. The taste of this herb resembles oregano and mint, but with citrusy undertones from lemon to orange when consumed as tea or salads dressing up your food dish! Bee balm is extremely popular among home gardeners too because these plants don't require much maintenance whatsoever.
Borage (Borago officinalis) – Has lovely cornflower blue star-shaped flowers. Borage can grow wild in woodlands and pastures. Blossoms and leaves have a cool, faint cucumber taste. Wonderful in punches, lemonade, gin and tonics, sorbets, chilled soups, cheese tortas, and dips. You will love this cucumber borage gin and tonic or cucumber borage salad.
Forget me not (Myosotis) A pretty plant with bright blue flowers, forget me not flowers can be found along woodland and sometimes in hedgerows.