Delicious Flowers

Cherry Blossoms by Calsidyrose
Cherry Blossoms, a photo by Calsidyrose on Flickr.

Back again from warmer climates where they are enjoying their cherry blossoms. It reminded me of the pickled cherry blossoms my Japanese friend brought for me to taste. It was a fun way to enjoy this timeless icon of spring.
It is still a bit early for cherry blossoms to be blooming here in northern California but they aren’t too far behind. This week the pear tree blossoms popped- always the official start of the riotous flowers of spring. It made me excited to think of all the edible flowers available to adorn your favorite dishes. In the Chinese materia medica we use many flowers as herbal medicine but this list today is just for fun.
(Just remember- don’t eat any flowers that have been sprayed with anything undesirable including chemicals or animal “by-products”.)

A good list includes:

Calendula flowers
Dianthus (aka Sweet William)
Nasturtium
Pansy
Tulip.

When in doubt, keep it out (of your mouth that is!) Always consult with an expert in your area.

And if you are still in the throes of winter where you are, never fear spring is near.

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