A Guide to Edible Flowers

Easy to grow, tasty to eat!


The carnation (Dianthus spp.) is a flower one usually associates with a cheap corsage. But it can brighten up a savory dish or a drink (the petals have been used since the 1600s to make the French liqueur Chartreuse) just as well as a lapel. It has a distinct spicy, clove-like flavour, according to Flowers Canada, which publishes a handy primer on edible blooms. Try using pink, red or mauve petals to flavour butter, oil or a sweet syrup.

Tip: Trim off the bitter white base of the petals before using.

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