It’s springtime and the flowers are blooming. And, lads and lassies; oh, my good golly gosh. Have I got news for you. Many of those blooming flowers are EDIBLE! Why did it take me so long to realize this?
Hippies, hipsters, and curious folk, hold on to your pants. The following is a guide to adding flowers to your daily diet.
Before we get into recipes, here’s a couple of sources to get you started.
42 Flowers You Can Eat
This source gives great tips on what certain flowers taste like, and where you might use them, and how to know whether or not a flower is safe to eat. Like any type of plant food, bot not all flowers are edible. Some might even be deadly. Don’t worry, though. Follow this link to see how eating flowers is done safely.
Read it at treehugger.com
List of Edible Flowers
This is a less extensive list than the first, but with a little more detail. Learn about flower flavors and how to get to the parts worth eating.
Read it at West Cost Seeds
Now that you know which flowers you can eat, let’s look at some recipes. Vegan, of course.
1. Flower Power Cake
This raw vegan cake is packed with superfoods. Not only is it good looking, it’s good for you too!
“Crunchy, lemony, fruity and sweet. It’s not an exaggeration, this cake is crazy good.”
2. Floral Cocktail
“Because the only thing better than a vase full of flowers is a cocktail glass full of flowers.”
Flowers are a great way to make your normal soup or gaspacho go from lovely to show stopping.
4. Garden of Eden Spring Rolls with Creamy Ginger Dipping Sauce
Could there be anything with more whimsy than a spring roll with flowers peeking through?
5. Flower Infused Vinegar
To make subtly flavored dressings for your salads, infuse vinegar with flowers.
6. Rose and Pistachio Raw Chocolate
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Pretty chocolate? Even better. The best part of this recipe? No refined sugar or dairy. Go ahead…indulge!
7. Wild Spring Salad
There is nothing quite as hipster as adding flowers to your salad. Yes, the flowers are good for you. And, well, you are going to look like you are eating food assembled by fairies.
8. Edible Flower Garnish
Did you know you are supposed to EAT the garnish? Ah, ignorant me. I’m learning all sorts of things today. Well, go ahead. Give this one a try!
9. Rose Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream
Tasty. Fancy. Beautiful.
10. Old Fashioned Sweet Violet Syrup
Whether you are baking a cake, making an elegant drink, or making an ice-cream from scratch, this syrup adds the perfect amount of magic to your sweet(‘s) needs.
11. Rose Petal Jam
Have you been craving a 5-star pb&j? Look no further than this enchanting little jam.
12. Elderflower Popsicles
Cool off in the most delicate way. Pinkies out, everyone!
13. Springtime Zucchini Tart With Flower Garnish
Looking for the perfect addition to your next tea party? Brunch? Garden party? Unicorn gathering? I will leave this here for you:
14. Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake
Do I need to speak for this one? This is cheesecake designed for royalty.
Happy springtime, everyone! May it be a colorful one– full of magic and new discovery.
“But It Tastes So Good” is the number one excuse I get from meat-eaters on why they do not want to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I am not out there to make everyone vegan. I do, however, want to share what food does to your body and to the world around you. Let me show you that being good to yourself and to the earth can taste just as good, or better, than what you are already doing (both literally and figuratively).