Edible petals: from the meadow to the kitchen
We bet that you have edible flowers hidden in your garden or on your balcony. Here, we tell you, which flowers you can eat in spring, summer and autumn and which dishes they taste best with.
Washing and preparing your edible flowers
First of all, it’s important to only pick and eat flowers that you are 100 percent sure are edible! Also, you should make sure not to eat any flowers that have been in contact with chemicals, so you’d better leave that bouquet from the flower shop in the vase. If you don’t have your own garden, you can also go and look for edible petals in flower fields and meadows. And, if you don’t want to pick the flowers yourself, you can always find them in well-stocked supermarkets too.
After you have picked your flowers, hold them above your head and shake them lightly, so that any sand, dirt or small insects fall out. Then, if necessary, wash the flowers in cold water and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
Edible petals don’t require much preparation, for most dishes like salads, soups or smoothies, for example, you can simply add them "raw." The same applies if you want to use the flowers to garnish your desserts. But, you could also add a sweet floral touch by gently caramelising the flowers - so they taste even sweeter.
When are edible flowers in season?
From March onwards, you can harvest violets, pansies and daisies and use these in your kitchen. In April, you can start looking out for dandelions. The edible petals belonging to violets and pansies taste lovely and sweet and are therefore perfect for garnishing salads or desserts. Daisies, on the other hand, taste fantastic in home-made herb butters due to their nutty flavor. Dandelions, however, are more delicate in flavour. We recommend using these dainty yellow flowers to make a delicious liqueur.
In the summer time, it's time to set the stage with the edible petals of roses, lavender, carnations and daylilies. Clover and lavender have a tart flavour and taste great in both sweet and savory dishes. Roses, on the other hand, are very sweet and are therefore ideal for rounding off desserts. By the way, roses also taste amazing in gin! Daylilies, on the other hand, taste similar to leeks and can be used in a delicious green pesto, for example. If you want to use the delicate flowers to add a glamorous touch to your summer drinks, add them to your ice cube tray to make beautiful floral ice cubes.
And now, here are the edible petals to enjoy in the autumn. Autumn brings an abundance of dahlias, which taste different according to the different varieties, but generally taste similar to kohlrabi and salsify. The edible petals belonging to chrysanthemums are best dried and used to make a flowery-sweet tea. Fresh asters are fantastic in salads, vegetable dishes or in smoothies. Did you know?You can eat almost every part of the sunflower, the seeds, the buds and the flowers! We recommend cooking the flowers like you would an artichoke.
Now all that’s left to do is for you to get creative with edible petals! Have fun!