I realized today that some of my favorite fall flowers are also edible. I have only tried of a few of these in my food. Usually I sprinkle them into my salad as a garnish. Here are a few of my favorites.
Nasturtiums: These can be sprinkled in salads. They have a slightly peppery taste to them.
Calendula: These have a long, history of being used for their medicinal and healing properties. They are used in lotions, salves, etc. I sprinkled the petals in a salad and it can be used in a tea.
Lavender: I love lavender but I must confess I don’t care for it in my food. However, some people love it in mashed potatoes, baked goods, and other treats.
Chamomile: These can be dried in the sun for a few days and then used as a tea.
Chrysanthemums: These require you to blanch them first and then use them in a salad.
Violas: They can be used as decorations. I’ve seen them on cupcakes, a roast, and on greens. I stumbled upon this variety last weekend. They are called Penny Mickey violas. I remember reading about them in last year’s Sunset magazine. I just think they are so cute and they reseed extremely well.
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