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Old September 5, 2019   #1
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Default Edible flowers?

Any tips on what varieties you grow for edible flowers?

One of the YouTubers I love to watch is "Marion's Kitchen," a channel full of pan-Asian cooking. One of her recent ones was making these beautiful, artistic Vietnamese-style rice paper rolls ("summer rolls" usually to me). She made them varied and colorful with various fillings, herbs, a thin egg lining, and dotted with pretty edible flowers. I can't describe to do it justice:

I see SeedsNow offers an Edible Flower 'kit' with a few selections (anise hyssop, signet marigold, Johnny-jump-up, mixed nasturtiums, and garland chrysanthemum) that I might try. Would love to make these summer rolls all dressed up for a holiday party or something.

Or maybe I'm just hungry!
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Old September 5, 2019   #2
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Nasturtiums of all colors. Nutritious and beautiful. Great in salads on in sandwiches.

The same goes for marigolds (calendula).. Pansies (viola) are edible too, but I never tasted them.

Many herbs have pretty flowers..
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Old September 5, 2019   #3
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Here's a great list of edible flowers ........ with some helpful hints for fully enjoying their flavour
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Lest we not forget hibiscus tea.
I happen to keep a big bag of the dried flowers I get from a Mexican store ; pretty cheap too.
It is called Jamaica in Mexico.
Much cheaper than the fad foo foo stuff you get in a regular store.
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Old September 6, 2019   #5
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Rose petals are also edible.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing.
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Turks cap!

It's a pretty shrub with reddish flowers, always in bloom. The flowers taste like watermellon. It dies back in the winter, so you cut them down to the ground once they die with the first frost, but they bounce back every year. You can also eat the seed pods.

One of my neighbors walking his dog gave me the stink-eye as he observed me picking and eating a few of these off of my plant. He probably though I was weird, but who in the heck cares.

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Honeysuckle leaves and flowers can make a medicinal tea that shows antiviral properties and has been used in traditional Japanese medicine.
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