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    I had a lovely wild salad made by a friend on Friday that included elder flowers, red clover and rose petals with wild garlic, beech leaves, lime leaves and sorrel - Yum
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    I thought dendrobium orchids would be bitter but they're actually quite yummy.

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    nasturtium were my favorite growing up. they have a slightly spicy, slightly sweet flavor. i wouldn't eat anything from a flower shop, though. no way to know what has been added to it or how it was grown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosnic View Post
    I'd like to raise the potential concern of pesticides. If the flowers were grown without intent for them being eaten, there may be different practices in terms of pesticides/herbicides I would think. Since no one's going to be eating them, I assume they would use a much stronger, and more toxic substance.

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    That was my first thought, as well.

    That said, I remember my mom making jam out of dandelion flowers when I was a kid. It wasn't my favorite, but hey, it was jam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse View Post
    nasturtium were my favorite growing up. they have a slightly spicy, slightly sweet flavor. i wouldn't eat anything from a flower shop, though. no way to know what has been added to it or how it was grown.
    Theres a huge patch of them growing wild on the cliffs here and also on the side of the field next door to the local nursery.
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    Flower shop flowers are not a good idea to eat--they're sprayed with lots of weird crap while growing and often have chemical preservation agents added to keep them looking nice. I'd also be cautious of foraging dandelions or clover from public parks where spraying might take place. But if you can find a reasonably clean source (a yard where you know no spraying takes place or maybe wildflowers from a place where humans wouldn't be spraying chemicals, etc.), there are lots of tasty flowers: nasturtiums, rose petals, violets, violas, marigold, clover, elderflower, lavender, dandelions...

    Other flower-based foods include capers (a flower bud), saffron (stigmas from a type of crocus), and vanilla (orchid pods).
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    Day lilies are yummy.

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    I like fried zucchini flowers - they're yummy stuffed with cheese, white rice, onions, garlic and fresh herbs, with a baby zucchino still attached. Quite difficult to source, but I've found a local farm shop that sells them.
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    The "spring mix" being sold by one booth at our local farmer's market had some herbs in it that had started to flower. They left the flowers on the herbs as they sold the mix. So I guess you could take it or leave it yourself. Kinda nice to be given the choice.

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    I like flowering borage. nice stuff.

    yes, we eat a fair number of flowers, actually.

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