Ten Rules of Edible Flowers

1. Not all flowers are safe to eat. Some are poisonous.

2. Eat flowers only when you are positive they are edible.

3. Eat only flowers that have been grown organically.

4. Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries, or garden centers.

5. Do not eat flowers harvested from the side of the road, or from other potentially harmful sites.

6. It is best to eat only petals. When possible, remove pistils and stamens before eating.

7. Flowers often come in many varieties. Depending on cultivar, location, amount of water received, soil pH, and freshness, flower taste will vary. Edible is not always palatable.

8. Humans differ. What one person can eat may not be the same for everyone.

9. If you suffer from asthma, or allergies, use care when introducing flowers into your diet

10. Introduce flowers into your diet the same way you introduce new foods to a baby – one new thing at a time, and in small quantities.


Posts & Videos about Edible Flowers

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General Flower Use

Edible Flowers of the Southwest – Part I

Edible Flowers of the Southwest – Part II

Flavors of Edible Flowers 

Specific Edible Flowers





Globe Mallow

Lavender Honey

Palo Verde


Squash Blossoms

Squash Blossoms


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The authors of this website have researched the edibility of the materials we discuss, however, humans vary in their ability to tolerate different foods, drinks, and herbs. Individuals consuming flowers, plants, animals or derivatives mentioned in this blog do so entirely at their own risk. The authors on this site cannot be held responsible for any adverse reaction. In case of doubt please consult your medical practitioner.