25+ Ways to Put Edible Flowers on the Table

How to Eat Flowers, Edible Flowers

25+ Ways to Put Edible Flowers on the Table ~ 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.

25+ Ways to Put Edible Flowers on the Table ~ 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.  #edibleflowers #flowers #spring #floral #cookingwithflowers #roses #lilac #violets #pansies #Easterrecipe #mothersdayrecipe #weddingshower #weddings

It’s not all about wedding showers and tea parties ~ 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.

Common varieties of edible flowers ~

  • pansies
  • roses
  • carnation
  • jasmine
  • geranium
  • violets
  • nasturtiums
  • marigolds
  • primrose.
  • elderflower
  • honeysuckle
  • lilac

Some are used whole, but with others you can just pluck the petals. The key is to use clean, pesticide free blossoms. Here are some gorgeous ways to use them—

 


 

FEATHER LIGHT CAKE WITH LILAC INFUSED CREME PATISSIERE ~ Twigg Studios

 


 

WILDFLOWER AND ARUGULA SALAD ~ Harvest & Honey

 


 

ELDERFLOWER POPSICLES ~ Chew Town

 


 

SALTED CARAMEL ROSE CAKE ~ Adventures in Cooking

 


 

MATCHA FLOWER COOKIES ~ Crumbs and Cookies

 


 

ROSE PANNA COTTA WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS ~ Boulder Locavore

 


 

ASPARAGUS LINGUINE WITH CHIVE FLOWERS ~ Cygnet Kitchen

 


 

LEMON POLENTA CAKE AND ELDERFLOWER WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE ~ In the Mood for Food

 


 

LILAC COCKTAIL ~ Holly & Flora

 


 

AMAZEBOWLS WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS ~ Design Love Fest

 


 

GOAT CHEESE WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS AND ARUGULA ~ Martha Stewart

 


 

VIOLET EYES (LAVENDER COCONUT SOUR) ~ Broma Bakery

 


 

PURPLE KALE AND PANSY SALAD ~ The View From Great Island

 


 

ROSE ICE CUBES ~ Let’s Mingle

 


 

CAKE WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS ~ Design Love Fest

 


 

LILAC SCONES ~ Kitchen Vignettes

 


 

SPRING FLOWER LOLLIPOPS ~ Sprinkle Bakes

 


 

LAVENDER AND ROSE SIMPLE SYRUPS ~ The View From Great Island

 


 

CREAM CHEESE AND CHIVE SANDWICHES WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS ~ Buttered Side Up

 


 

CHIVE BLOSSOM VINEGAR ~ Food 52

 


 

NORDIC OPEN FACED SMOKED SALMON SANDWICHES ~ The View From Great Island

 


 

ELDERFLOWER SYRUP ~ย  Gathered Threads

 


 

EDIBLE FLOWER SPRING SALAD ~ Lauren Kelp

 


 

ZUCCHINI COCONUT SOUP ~ True Foods

 


 

FLORAL POP TARTS WITH ROSE ICING ~ By Gabriella

 


 

EDIBLE FLOWER INFUSED VINEGAR ~ The View from Great Island

 

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    Emily
    March 16, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Wow! I love this post! I have an edible flower guide on my blog with types of flowers and how to use them – just linked this post because it’s truly beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sue
      March 16, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Thanks Emily, it was fun to put together!

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    renu
    March 28, 2015 at 11:03 am

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

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      Sue
      March 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lindsey | Cafe Johnsonia
    April 10, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    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!

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      Sue
      April 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks, Lindsay, I may do another one of these roundups, it was fun.

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    Winnie
    April 7, 2014 at 8:52 am

    This is such a beautiful post. Thank you for including my Ukranian preserved rose petals ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sue
      April 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Winnie, I had such fun doing it.

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    Julie
    April 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

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

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      Sue
      April 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      This was SUCH a fun post to put together, I might need to do a new one every year!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    April 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

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

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      Sue
      April 4, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Laura!

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    Joanne
    April 3, 2014 at 3:54 am

    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!

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      Sue
      April 3, 2014 at 5:46 am

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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