A Guide to Edible Flowers

Easy to grow, tasty to eat!


It’s possible to buy dried whole hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), but this ornamental flower is most commonly boiled to make tea. Tastes slightly acidic, but when boiled, makes a nice beverage.

Tip: Another species, Hibiscus sabdariffa, is commonly known as roselle. It’s magenta in colour and boiled to make the popular tropical beverage, sorrel.

To learn more about edible flowers, including which ones are edible and which ones to avoid, as well as how to grow, pick, store and prepare different varieties, visit the website of the Montreal Botanical Gardens and Flowers Canada.

To purchase seeds, order online from Urban Harvest or Richters.

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