My Wildflower FRIENDS!
You are already eating Flowers each week without probably being aware of it!
The Benefits of Cooking with Flowers is the same as all Plants.
They are healthy, nutritious and they are Magickal Foods!
Not to mention... they are FUN.
Flowering in my Garden this morning & EDIBLE!
Proper Flower IDENTIFICATION is YOUR responsibility
If in doubt, don't eat it!
Please don't send me photos to affirm for you.
This needs to be done in person ONLY.
Take the plant to your local horticultural center and tell them
you want to identify it as you wish to eat it.
Magickal FLOWER TORTILLAS PART ONE
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup warm water
- edible flowers, washed and dried. petals only
- You can mix either by hand or with an electric mixer with a dough hook. Combine dry ingredients and mix well until combined. Slowly add oil and water. Keep going until the mixture forms a ball and the dough is smooth.
- Place dough on a well-floured surface. Divide dough into 16 very even portions. Roll each into a ball, then flatten on your work surface... cover with a towel and let rest for 15mins. If the dough is sticky use a sprinkle of flour.
- Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. with a floured rolling pin, roll out each dough portion to about 15 cm. Place your edible flowers into one side of the dough and roll out a little more to about 17cm.
- Once the pan is heated, place tortilla into the pan ~ NON FLOWER SIDE FIRST and cook for about 1 minute or until bottom surface is lightly browned in places and starting to bubble. Flip to other side and cook for about 30 seconds. Remove from pan.
*in my video, I DO pick the petals straight off my plant to use, I have washed the entire plant before bringing it indoors.
*all plants are Sacred and I am always mindful of which Flowers I use for each purpose, including cooking. If a particular Flower does not seem 'right' to me to use, even though it is non toxic,
I won't use it.
EDIBLE FLOWERS LIST
from ABOUT Home Cooking
is a VERY good resource to work out which flowers are edible
with links to photos.
STILL you need to be 100% correct and the best way to be so is to grow your own
from professionally obtained plants OR to purchase from places selling flowers for culinary use.
|Common Name||Botanical Name||Comments|
|Angelica||Angelica archangelica||May be skin allergen to some individuals. Good with fish and the stems are especially popular candied. Tastes like: celery-flavored. More info here.|
|Anise Hyssop||Agastache foeniculum||Tastes like: sweet, anise-like, licorice|
|Apple||Malus species||Eat in moderation; may contain cyanide precursors. Tastes like: delicate floral flavor|
|Arugula||Eruca vesicaria||Tastes like: nutty, spicy, peppery flavor|
|Basil||Ocimum basilicum||Tastes like: different varieties have different milder flavors of the corresponding leaves. Tastes like: lemon, mint. More info here.|
|Bee Balm||Monarda species||Also known as bergamot, it is used to make a tea with a flavor similar to Earl Grey Tea. More info here.|
|Borage||Borago officinalis||Taste like: light cucumber flavor. More info here.|
|Burnet||Sanguisorba minor||Tastes like: faint cucumber flavor, very mild. More info here.|
|Calendula*||Calendula officinalis||Tastes like: poor man's saffron, spicy, tangy, peppery, adds a golden hue to foods|
|Carnation||Dianthus caryophyllus (aka Dianthus)||Tastes like: spicy, peppery, clove-like|
|Chamomile*||Chamaemelum nobile||Tastes like: faint apple flavor, good as a tea|
|Chicory*||Cichorium intybus||Buds can be pickled.|
|Chives: Garden||Allium schoenoprasum||Tastes like: mild onion flavor. More info here.|
|Chives: Garlic||Allium tuberosum||Tastes like: garlicky flavor|
|Chrysanthemum: Garland*||Chrysanthemum coronarium||Tastes like: slight to bitter flavor, pungent|
|Citrus: Lemon||Citrus limon||Tastes like: waxy, pronounced flavor, use sparingly as an edible garnish, good for making citrus waters|
|Clover||Trifolium species||Raw flowerheads can be difficult to digest.|
|Coriander||Coriander sativum||Pungent. A prime ingredient in salsa and many Latino and Oriental dishes. Tastes like: Some palates detect a disagreeable soapy flavor while others adore it. More info here.|
|Cornflower*||Centaurea cynaus (aka Bachelor's Buttons)||Tastes like: sweet to spicy, clove-like|
|Dandelion*||Taraxacum officinalis||Tastes like: very young buds fried in butter taste similar to mushrooms. Makes a potent wine.|
|Day Lily||Hemerocallis species||Many Lilies (Lillium species) contain alkaloids and are NOT edible. Daylillies may act as a laxative. Tastes like: sweet, crunchy, like a crisp lettuce leaf, faintly like chestnuts or beans|
|Dill||Anthum graveolens||More info here.|
|English Daisy*||Bellis perennis||Tastes like: tangy, leafy|
|Fennel||Foeniculum vulgare||Tastes like: sweet, licorice flavor. More info here.|
|Fuchsia||Fuchsia X hybrida||Tastes like: slightly acidic|
|Gardenia||Gardenia jasminoides||Tastes like: light, sweet flavor|
|Gladiolus*||Gladiolus spp||Tastes like: similar to lettuce|
|Hibiscus||Hibiscus rosa-sinensis||Tastes like: slightly acidic, boiled makes a nice beverage|
|Hollyhock||Alcea rosea||Tastes like: very bland, nondescript flavor|
|Honeysuckle: Japanese||Lonicera japonica||Berries are highly poisonous. Do not eat them!|
|Hyssop||Hyssopus officinalis||Should be avoided by pregnant women and by those with hypertension and epilepsy.|
|Impatiens||Impatiens wallerana||Tastes like: very bland, nondescript flavor|
|Jasmine: Arabian||Jasminum sambac||Tastes like: delicate sweet flavor, used for teas.|
|Johnny-Jump-Up||Viola tricolor||Contains saponins and may be toxic in large amounts. Tastes like: sweet to bland flavor|
|Lavender||Lavendula species||Lavender oil may be poisenous. More Info. Tastes like: floral, slightly perfumey flavor|
|Lemon Verbena||Aloysia triphylla||Tastes like: lemony flavor, usually steeped for tea|
|Lilac||Syringa vulgaris||Tastes like: lemony, floral, pungent|
|Mallow: Common||Malva sylrestris||Tastes like: sweet, delicate flavor|
|Marigold: Signet||Tagetes tenuifolia (aka T. signata)||Tastes like: spicy to bitter|
|Marjoram||Origanum majorana||More info here.|
|Mint||Mentha species||More info here.|
|Mustard||Brassica species||Eating in large amounts may cause red skin blotches. More info here.|
|Nasturtium||Tropaeolum majus||Buds are often pickled and used like capers. Tastes like: sweet, mildly pungent, peppery flavor|
|Tastes like: similar to squash blossoms|
|Pansy||Viola X wittrockiana||Tastes like: very mild sweet to tart flavor|
|Pea||Pisum species||Flowering ornamental sweet peas are poisonous.|
|Pineapple Guava||Feijoa sellowiana||Tastes like: similar to the ripe fruit of the plant, flavorful|
|Primrose||Primula vulgaris||Birdseye Primrose (P. farinosa) causes contact dermatitis. Tastes like: bland to sweet flavor|
|Radish||Raphanus sativus||Tastes like: milder, sweeter version of the more familiar radish heat|
|Redbud||Cercis canadensis||Tastes like: mildly sweet|
|Rose||Rosa rugosa or R. gallica officinalis||Tastes like: sweet, aromatic flavor, stronger fragrance produces a stronger flavor. Be sure to remove the bitter white portion of the petals. Rose hips are also edible (seeRose Hips Recipes).|
|Rosemary||Rosmarinus officinalis||Tastes like: pine-like, sweet, savory. More info here|
|Runner Bean||Phaseolus coccineus||Tastes like: nectar, bean-like|
|Safflower*||Carthamus tinctorius||Another "poor man's saffron" without the pungent aroma or strong flavor of the real thing|
|Sage||Salvia officinalis||Sage should not be eaten in large amounts over a long period of time. Tastes like: varies by type. More info here.|
|Savory: Summer||Satureja hortensis||More info here.|
|Scented Geranium||Pelargonium species||Citronella variety may not be edible. Tastes like: varies with differing varieties from lemon to mint. More info here.|
|Snapdragon||Antirrhinum majus||Tastes like: bland to bitter flavor|
|Society Garlic||Tulbaghia violacea||Tastes like: a very mild garlic flavor|
|Squash Blossom||Cucurbita pepo species (aka Zucchini Blossom)||Tastes like: sweet, nectar flavor. More info here.|
|Sunflower*||Helianthus annus||Tastes like: leafy, slightly bitter. Lightly steam petals to lessen bitterness. Unopened flower buds can be steamed like artichokes.|
|Thyme||Thymus vulgaris||Tastes like: lemon, adds a nice light scent. More info here.|
|Tuberous Begonia||Begonia X tuberosa||ONLY HYBRIDs are edible. The flowers and stems contain oxalic acid and should not be consumed by individuals suffering from gout, kidneystones, or rheumatism. Further, the flower should be eaten in strick moderation. Tastes like: crisp, sour, lemony|
|Violet||Viola species||Tastes like: sweet, nectar|
|(Banana) Yucca||Yucca baccata||Flowers (petals only) and fruit are edible. Other parts contain saponin, which is poisonous. Large amounts may be harmful. Tastes like: crunchy, fresh flavor Tastes like: crunchy, fresh flavor|
|Flowers to Avoid||Some flowers in particular to be avoided (but not a complete list) are: azalea, crocus, daffodil, foxglove, oleander, rhododendron, jack-in-the-pulpit, lily of the valley, and wisteria. See a more complete list.|
|*Only the petals of these composite flowers are edible. The pollen of composite flowers is highly allergenic and may cause reactions in sensitive individuals. Sufferers of asthma, ragweed, and hayfever should not consume composite flowers, and may have extreme allergies to ingesting any flowers at all.
Disclaimer: The author and Home Cooking Guide have thoroughly researched all the aforementioned edible flowers. However, individuals consuming the flowers, plants, or derivatives listed here do so entirely at their own risk. Neither the authors or Home Cooking can be held responsible for any adverse reaction to the flowers.
SOURCING EDIBLE FLOWERS
NEVER EVER use flowers from the Florist Industry as Edible Flowers.
These have ALL been sprayed with toxic pesticides and fertilizers.
Washing will not render them safe.
ONLY USE FLOWERS THAT YOU HAVE GROWN ORGANICALLY
YOU HAVE PURCHASED FROM A SUPPLIER
THAT SELLS THEM FOR CULINARY USE
This is a list of flowers you MUST NOT EAT as they are poisonous.
Also note that, as with ANYTHING, different people are allergic to a whole range of things.
Introduce EDIBLE Flowers ABOVE slowly. Have a nibble to begin.
NEVER EVER eat any of the flowers below.
|Poisonous Plants and Flowers|
|Common Name||Botanical Name|
|Aconite (wolfsbane, monkhood)||Aconitum spp.|
|Anemone (windflower)||Anemone spp.|
|Atamasco lily||Zephyranthes spp.|
|Autumn crocus||Colchicum autumnale|
|Azalea||Azalea spp. (Rhododendron spp.)|
|Black locust||Robinia pseudo-acacia|
|Burning bush (strawberry bush, spindle tree, wahoo)||Euonymus spp|
|Butterfly weed||Asclepias spp.|
|Calla (calla lily)||Calla palustris (Zantedeschia aethiopica)|
|Carolina jasmine (yellow jessamine)||Gelsemium sempervirens|
|Castor bean||Ricinus communis|
|Cherry laurel||Prunus caroliniana|
|Chinaberry (bead tree)||Melia azedarach|
|Christmas rose||Helleborus niger|
|Deadly nightshade (belladonna)||Atropoa belladona|
|Death cammas (black snakeroot)||Zigadenus spp.|
|Delphinium (larkspur)||Delphinium spp.|
|Elephant ears||Colocasia antiquorum|
|False hellebore||Veratrum viride|
|Four o'clock||Mirabills jalapa|
|Giant elephant ear||Alocasia spp.|
|Gloriosa lily||Glonosa superba|
|Golden chain tree (laburnum)||Labunum anagryroides|
|Heavenly bamboo (nandina)||Nandinaa domestica|
|Henbane (black henbane)||Hyoscyamus niger|
|Horse chestnut (Ohio buckeye)||Aesculus spp.|
|Horse nettle||Solanum spp.|
|Hyacinth bean||Dolicbos lab lab|
|Ivy (English ivy)||Hedera helix|
|Jerusalem cherry||Solanum pseudocapsicum|
|Jessamine (jasmine)||Cestrum spp.|
|Jetbead (jetberry)||Rhodotypos tetrapetala|
|Jimson weed||Datura spp (Brugmansia spp.)|
|Kentucky coffee tree||Gymnocladus dioica|
|Leopard's bane||Arnica montana|
|Lily of the valley||Convallaria majalis|
|Lobelia (cardinal flower, Indian tobacco)||Lobelia spp.|
|Marsh marigold||Caltha palustris|
|May apple (mandrake)||Podophyllum peltatum|
|Mescal bean (Texas mountain laurel, frijo lillo)||Sophora secundiflora|
|Morning glory||Ipomoea violacea|
|Mountain laurel||Kalmia latifolia|
|Periwinkle (myrtle, vinca)||Vinca spp.|
|Philodendron||Philodendron spp. (Monstera spp.)|
|Poison hemlock||Conium maculatum|
|Rock poppy (celandyne)||Chelidonium majus|
|Spring adonis||Adonis vernalis|
|Star of Bethlehem||Ornithogalum umbellatum|
|Sweet pea||Lathyrus spp.|
|Trumpet flower (chalice vine)||Solandra spp.|
|Water hemlock||Cicuta maculata|
|Wild cherry (black cherry)||Prunus serotina|
|Yellow allamanda||Allamanda cathartica|
|Yellow oleander (tiger apple, be still tree, lucky nut)||Thevetia peruviana|
Disclaimer: This is a list of the most common poisonous plants and flowers but it is by no means complete. If the plant is not on this list, that doesn't necessarily make it edible or non-poisonous. Be sure you know what you are putting in your mouth!
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Recommended Books & Resources
Beautiful and very well done Cook Book....
"Cooking with Flowers"
A fantastic Book for those looking at growing their own Flowers
for Culinary use....
"The Edible Flower Garden"
The Nation Gardening Association, USA
Webpage on growing Edible Flowers and Advice
ABC Australia PhotoPOST
Six Edible Garden Flowers
Garden Organic UK
Cultivating Organic Flowers in Your Garden FactSheet
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