Edible Flowers: A Comprehensive Guide

by Australian Flowers

Some flowers are not only beautiful but also edible! Here is a guide to some of the most popular edible flowers.

So, dive in and learn a little more about these fascinating flowers!

Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers are a fun and exciting way to add flavour and colour to your meals. There are many edible flowers, so you can experiment with different flavours and textures.

Edible flowers refer to any flower that is safe to eat. This includes flowers used as decoration on cakes and other desserts, as well as those added to salads or used to make herbal teas.

List of Edible Flowers for Cakes 

Edible Flowers

If you love cakes, you’ll want to try decorating them with edible flowers. And what’s more, plenty of edible flowers can be used for cakes! Here’s a guide to some of the best options:


Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is large, comprising several hundred species native to tropical, temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions.

Species of hibiscus occur in nearly every habitat where members of the mallow family are found, including temperate and tropical climates, but they are most diverse in the Hawaiian Islands.


Pansies are edible flowers that can add zing to your salads, main dishes, desserts and drinks. But before you go plucking any old flower from the ground (or your neighbour’s garden), make sure it hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals.

Once you’ve got your hands on some fresh, pesticide-free pansies, wash them and pat them dry. Then get creative in the kitchen!


The lilac is a beautiful and fragrant flower that can also be used as a delicious garnish for sweet treats. Dried lilacs are a lovely and unique addition to any cake or cupcake recipe, adding flavour and visual interest. Pluck the individual petals from the stem and sprinkle them over the top.


Lavender flower petals can add a beautiful floral flavour to any dish, from sweet to savoury. You can use them fresh or dried, and they’re adorable as a garnish. Be sure to remove the stamen and pistil from the centre of each flower, as they can be bitter.


Rose petals can be used to decorate cakes and other desserts. The petals are also edible and can be used in salads.

Rose is an excellent edible flower for cake because it is colourful and has a sweet flavour. The petals can be used to decorate the outside of the cake, or they can be used as an edible decoration on top of the cake.


Edible Flowers

Calendula is a popular edible flower. The petals can add colour and flavour to salads, soups and other dishes. They can also be candied or used as a cake decoration.

This flower has a slightly bitter taste and a robust and distinct flavour. When used in dishes, it is best to add them towards the end of the cooking process so that they retain their flavour and colour.


The dahlia’s petals are large and have a sweet flavour, making them perfect for decorating cakes or other desserts. Dahlias come in a wide range of colours, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

When selecting a dahlia for eating, avoid ones with brown or wilted petals. These are signs that the flower is past its prime and won’t taste as good. If you’re unsure whether a dahlia is fresh, give it a sniff – if it smells sweet, it’s probably still good to eat.


The most common edible viola is the pansy, which has a sweet taste and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Other types of edible violas include Johnny-jump-ups, violets, and heartsease.

Violas can be typically found in shades of blue, purple, yellow, or white. You can also find them in bicolors, such as blue and white or purple and yellow. They have five petals fused at the base to form a tubular shape. The flowers can be 1-2 inches wide and have a diameter of about 3/4 inch.


Borage (Borago officinalis) is an annual herb in the family Boraginaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized many other locales. It grows satisfactorily in gardens in the UK climate, remaining in the garden from year to year by self-seeding. The leaves are edible, and the flowers are traditionally used to decorate cakes and as a garnish.

The stems and leaves are hairy, and the leaves are alternate, simple, and ovate with serrated margins. The flowers are complete, perfect, and hermaphroditic, with five petals fused into a star-shaped corolla. The flowers are typically blue, but white, pink, and purple varieties occur naturally. The fruit is a small nutlet.

Importance When Selecting Edible flowers

When selecting edible flowers, it is essential to ensure they have not been treated with pesticides or other chemicals. You can buy edible flowers from a florist, farmer’s market, or grocery store. If you grow your flowers, use organic methods and avoid chemicals on your plants.

Some common edible flowers include:

  • Roses
  • Carnations
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Marigolds
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pansies
  • Violets

Cakes with Edible Flowers

I know cakes are yummy, and we want to check a little effort into making them look nice for our friends and family. But what about going the extra mile and adding edible flowers to your cake? It will taste great and be a beautiful work of art that your guests will remember long after the last bite is gone.

Blueberries Cake

Blueberries Cake

Blueberries cake is a cake that is made with blueberries. The berries can be fresh or frozen, and the cake can be iced or not.

It will be an excellent choice for a birthday party, an anniversary, or other special occasion. This cake is easy to make and can be decorated with edible flowers.

Raspberry and Cheesecake Layered Cake

This cake is light and fluffy, with a creamy cheesecake filling and fresh raspberries in every bite. It’s perfect for any celebration! You can use little edible flowers for this cake, such as roses, violets or gardenias, to make it look even more beautiful.

Pressed Edible Flower Cake with Bees

This design cake is a little dreamy, like a scene in Narnia. It would be a great cake for a baby shower or even a first birthday!

For this type of cake, you can use edible flowers such as roses, violets, and pansies. You can find these flowers at your local grocery store in the section where they sell fresh flowers.

How to Care for Edible Flowers

If you’re lucky enough to have edible flowers in your garden, or if you’ve purchased them from a farmer’s market or grocery store, there are a few things you need to do to make sure they’re fresh and safe to eat. Here are some tips:

  • Scrutinize the flowers before eating them. Please make sure there are no insects or other pests on them.
  • Cut the flower’s stem off at an angle, about an inch from the base of the flower.
  • Place the flowers in a clean bowl or vase filled with fresh, cold water.
  • Change the water daily, and trim the stems if they get mushy.
  • Eat the flowers within a few days for the best flavour.

How to Use Edible Flowers

There are a few things to keep in mind when using edible flowers.

  • First, make sure you’re using flowers that are safe to eat. Many common flowers, such as roses and tulips, are not edible. Check with a reputable source to find a list of edible flowers.
  • Second, be sure to wash the flowers thoroughly before using them. This will remove any dirt or pesticides that may be on the flowers.
  • Third, don’t use too many flowers. A little goes a long way when it comes to flavour. Too many flowers can make a dish taste bitter.

How to Store Edible Flowers

When you’ve gotten your hands on some lovely edible flowers, you’ll want to make them last. Here are some tips for storing your blooms:

  • Keep them cool and dry. Flowers like these should be treated like any other fresh produce—store them in the crisper drawer of your fridge wrapped in a damp paper towel.
  • Check for pests. Before you pop your flowers in the fridge, please give them a quick inspection for any critters that might have hitched a ride. A quick rinse under cool water can help remove any unwanted guests.
  • Use them quickly. While edible flowers can last a few days in the fridge, they’re at their best when used sooner rather than later. So don’t wait to enjoy your pretty petals!


Edible Flowers in Salads

  • As a dietary supplement
  • To make teas
  • In salads
  • On cakes and cupcakes
  • Edible flowers can be used as a natural food colouring in frostings, syrups, etc.
  • Floating flowers in champagne or other drinks
  • Drying edible flowers


When it comes to eating flowers, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

  • First, make sure that the flowers you’re using are edible. Many flowers are poisonous, so it’s essential to do your research before using them in your food.
  • Second, take care when preparing edible flowers. Some parts of the flower, like the stem or leaves, may not be edible. And, if you’re allergic to pollen, you’ll want to avoid using flowers in bloom.
  • Finally, be sure to wash edible flowers thoroughly before using them. This will remove any dirt or pesticides that may be on the flower.

Frequently Asked Questions about Edible Flowers

Which are the edible flowers?

There are many edible flowers. The most common ones include roses, lavender, chamomile, borage, calendula, and violets.
Flowers can be a tasty and beautiful addition to any dish. They can be used as a garnish or added to salads, desserts, or tea. Be sure to choose flowers that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals. And always wash them thoroughly before eating.

Can all edible flowers be eaten?

Yes, most edible flowers can be eaten. However, some should not be eaten because they contain toxins. It’s essential to research before consuming any flower and ensure you know which flowers are safe to eat.
Some popular edible flowers include roses, chrysanthemums, lavender, violets, pansies, and nasturtiums. These flowers can be used in salads, desserts, drinks, and other dishes. They add a beautiful colour and flavour to food.

How do you make edible flowers last longer?

The best way to make edible flowers last longer is to store them in the fridge in a water container and change the water every other day.
If you’re not going to use them within a day or two, you can also freeze them. Make sure they’re scorched before freezing and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once they’re frozen, transfer them to a plastic bag or container. They’ll keep for up to six months this way.

How long press edible flowers?

It depends on the type of edible flower. For most flowers, you want to press them into the cake or frosting gently. You can also use a paintbrush to brush the petals with frosting or a glaze lightly. For some flowers, such as violets and lavender, you can also sprinkle them on the cake for extra flavour and colour.

What is the nutritional value of edible flowers?

Edible flowers can provide a variety of nutrients, including fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Some popular edible flowers include lavender, rose petals, nasturtiums, pansies, and violets. Each flower has a unique flavour and nutritional profile. For example, lavender is high in vitamins A and C, while nasturtiums are an excellent source of vitamin C and beta-carotene.
Adding edible flowers to your diet is a great way to boost your nutrient intake and add extra flavour to your meals. They can be enjoyed fresh or dried and used in salads, soups, desserts, or tea. So next time you’re at the

Do edible flowers need to be refrigerated?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the refrigeration needs of edible flowers will vary depending on the type of flower. Generally speaking, most edible flowers do not need to be refrigerated as long as they are kept dry and out of direct sunlight. However, there are a few exceptions – for example, violets can last up to two weeks in the fridge if you store them in a paper bag with a damp cloth.
If you’re unsure whether or not a particular type of flower needs to be refrigerated, it’s best to err on caution and put them in the fridge. That said, always consult an expert before consuming any flower

How do edible flowers taste?

Depending on the variety, edible flowers can impart a subtle flavour to dishes. Some are floral and sweet, while others have a more herbaceous taste. Before using edible flowers in a word, it’s important to taste them first to see if they’re compatible with the other flavours in the recipe.
Some common edible flowers include roses, lavender, chamomile, violets, nasturtiums, and pansies.

Can you eat edible flowers when pregnant?

Yes, you can eat edible flowers while pregnant, but you should avoid eating any flowers that have been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals. You can find edible flowers at most grocery stores or farmers’ markets, and there are many different types to choose from, including roses, lavender, chamomile, and calendula.
Edible flowers are a great way to add flavour and colour to your meals, and they’re also a good source of antioxidants and other nutrients. Some nutrients in edible flowers include vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, and fibre. So if you’re looking for a healthy way to add some extra nutrition to your pregnancy diet, consider adding some edible flowers to your meals.

How do you plant edible flowers?

There are many different ways to plant edible flowers. You can sow the seeds directly into the ground or start them in pots and transplant them later. If you’re starting them in pots, use a soil mix that’s light and well-draining. Sow the seeds sparingly since they’ll germinate better if they have plenty of space to grow.
Keep the plants well watered, and feed them with a dilute solution of organic fertilizer once a week. When the flowers bloom, you can harvest them and eat them fresh or use them in recipes. Enjoy!

What is the name of an edible flower?

The name of an edible flower can vary depending on the part of the world you’re in. For example, in North America, people might call an edible flower a “flower petal”. But in the United Kingdom, people might call an edible flower a “carnation”.
Generally speaking, though, most flowers are safe to eat. There are a few exceptions – for example, you should never eat any wildflower growing in or near a polluted area – but as long as you’re eating flowers from a trusted source, you’re likely fine.
Some good flowers to eat include roses, violets, lavender, pansies, daisies, and carnations.

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