25 Ways to Put Springtime Flowers on the Table/ The View from Great Island

Flowers are one of the joys of spring time, and they’re also back in vogue as garnishes and ingredients in all kinds of recipes.  From cocktails, cheese plates and salads to main courses and desserts, you can do a whole lot more with flowers than just admire them in your favorite vase.  And don’t assume it’s all about wedding showers and tea parties, either, there are lots of ways to include edible blossoms in your everyday meals.   I love the idea of snipping a few flowers from the garden to turn a plain salad into a celebration of spring, but you can buy containers of edible flowers in the produce section of lots of markets now, too, so nothing should stop you from getting in on this fun trend.  A few of the more common edible flowers are pansies, roses, carnation, jasmine, geranium, violets, nasturtiums, marigolds, and primrose.  Some are used whole, but with others you can just pluck the petals.  The key is to use clean, pesticide free blossoms.  Scroll down for some gorgeous ways to use them—

Edible Flower Salad from TVFGI
25 Ways to Put Springtime Flowers on the Table/ The View from Great Island
Heirloom Gazpacho with Edible Flowers from Chef Wanabe
Heirloom Gazpacho with Edible Flowers
Sugared Violets from Marzipan
25 Ways to Put Springtime Flowers on the Table/ The View from Great Island
Wildflower Infused Vinegar from The Bite House
25 Ways to Put Springtime Flowers on the Table/ The View from Great Island
Lavender Custard Flower Pots The Ulterior Epicure
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Wild Hibiscus Prosecco Cocktails from bell’allimento
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Garden of Eden Spring Rolls from Once Upon a Plate
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Spring Risotto from Grazia.it
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White Gazpacho from LOSTPASTREMEMBERED
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Cake with Edible Flowers from Design Love Fest
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Tempura Fried Edible Blossoms at Three to One
25 Ways to Put Springtime Flowers on the Table/ The View from Great Island 12Edible Flower and Elderberry Popsicles from Chew Town
Edible Flower and Elderflower Popsicles | Chew Town Food Blog
Goat cheese decorated with edible flowers from Gourmet Girl
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Flower Ice Cubes from TVFGI
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Pink Lemonade Lavender Thyme Sorbet from Boulder Locavore
Pink Lemonade Lavender Thyme Sorbet - BoulderLocavore.com
White Chocolate and Rose Cake from Poires Au Chocolat
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Nordic Smoked Salmon Open Faced Sandwiches from TVFGI
Nordic Smoked Salmon Open Faced Sandwiches aUkrainianPreserved Rose Petals by Healthy Green Kitchen
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  Flower Power Cake at Green Kitchen Stories
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Lilac Sugar from Call me Cupcake!
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Radish Soup from Almond Corner
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Candied Pansy and Viola Mini Pavlovas from Adventures in Cooking
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The Cardamom Rose Cocktail, TVFGI
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Rose Cake from Gimme Some Oven
Rose Cake Recipe - made with fresh (edible!) roses | gimmesomeoven.com
Microleave & Edible Flower Salad from My Cooking Hut
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Fried Dandelions from The Daily Spud
Fried Dandelion Flowers
Click here for a guide to edible flowers.
Enjoy!
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25 Responses to 25+ Ways to Put Springtime Flowers on the Table

  1. renu says:

    love your fotos and edible flower recipes.Pl.send tem to my inbox.thanks.renu

    • Sue says:

      I’ve added you to the mailing list, Renu — you will get a confirmation email, just click on it and you’ll be set to go! Thanks for reading :)

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  3. So lovely, Sue! I was eyeing some edible flowers at Whole Foods this week and debating back and forth. I am never quite sure what to do with them and they end up going to waste. But I am feeling inspired after looking at all of these gorgeous ways to use them!

  4. Winnie says:

    This is such a beautiful post. Thank you for including my Ukranian preserved rose petals :)

  5. Julie says:

    These are stunning! Thank you for your consistently inspirational and tasty posts.

  6. So gorgeous, I’m feeling inspired for spring entertaining already!

  7. Joanne says:

    I love the idea of edible flowers but I’ve never actually done anything with them. Thanks for all this inspiration! I feel happier and more like it’s spring just from going through these!

    • Sue says:

      I know — the lineup is so colorful. I think that’s what I love about using flowers, they give you a chance to play with colors you don’t normally see in food. For a start you can just experiment with scattering some petals in a salad for the visual effect. Yay for spring :)

  8. These foods are just too beautiful to eat!

  9. Monique says:

    ANYTHING with blooms!

  10. Sue – this is an amazing post! I always love your flower-infused recipes. This is total inspiration! I need some springtime on my table! Sorry to be MIA lately – 1,200 miles in the car took it’s toll on my productivity. I’m playing catchup now. Hope you had a great visit with you dad.

  11. omg so inspiring! you know, i usually see edible flowers in the fresh herb section of my market by now, and they haven’t shown up yet; this makes me anxious for them. i LOVE that first salad, that last cake, and those ice cubes! gorgeous…flowers are just the best part of spring and summer.

  12. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    What a beautiful post! Yes I want to give this a try too, it’s going to be pestering me till I do! :)

  13. Love this collection! What a great curator you are!

  14. Natalie G says:

    So pretty! Such great ideas.

  15. Carol | a cup of mascarpone says:

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful edible flower ideas…lovely!

  16. How beautiful they all are! I really love those violets.

  17. Flowers on a plate look so amazing. I used to grow nasturtiums just for salads, but haven’t in a very long time. Looking through your links I’m feeling inspired to pick up a package or two of seeds. :)

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