8 Edible Flowers from around the World

If you’re longing to travel but haven’t got the time or money, try incorporating these edible flowers into your next meal. You’ll get to experience the scent, taste and beauty of somewhere else without leaving your dinner table!

Your next meal can take you to Europe or the tropics—but look no further than your garden or local plant nursery for inspiration!

Here are 8 edible flowers to add some exotic punch to your next lunch:

1) Starflower

Originating in Syria but now found throughout the Mediterranean, the Starflower (also called Borage) has a sweet honey taste and is one of nature’s few edible blue plants. The stems can be used in salads and Starflower is thought to regulate metabolism.  Use in soups, on top of deserts or make like the Italians and use it as a sweet ravioli stuffing.

Chris Willis

2) Spiny Sesbina

The provincial plant of Ayutthaya, Thailand, Spiny Sesbina is found most often in sweets and omelets in Thailand. Known by a different name in different Southeast Asian languages, Sesbina is also very popular in Sri Lanka, where it is added to sodhi, a thin coconut gravy.

Thai Food Blog

3) Honeysuckle

It’s no wonder hummingbirds love Honeysuckle—its juicy red berries release a strong fruity odor. The bell-shaped flower can be eaten too, and its sweet nectar lends itself to delicious desserts. Honeysuckle is found across the Northern Hemisphere with most varieties in China. Try it in your tea or favorite cocktail or whip up a Honeysuckle sorbet for a cool treat.

Leo Papandreou

4) Hibiscus

The gorgeous Hibiscus flower conjures up the image of sandy beaches and beautiful islands.  Hibiscus grows in tropical climates such as Jamaica, where the flower is mixed with herbs, spices, sugar and rum to make the deliciously popular Christmas drink, sorrel. Thought to have a variety of medicinal uses, Hibiscus is most often made into a brightly colored tea in countries like Cambodia, India, Tahiti and Mexico.


5) Cornflower

Known for its delicate and vibrant blue petals, Cornflower is native to the fields of Europe and was once worn by young men in love. Even if you’re not a romantic, toss a few petals into a salad for color, or mix into cornbread muffins and imagine yourself in the French countryside.

Martin LaBar

6) Pansy

Another native of the European countryside, Pansies are  whimsical flowers that come in a variety of colors. Their mild, slightly tangy taste makes them a good complement to many foods, and they add a beautiful touch to any dessert. Try pansy popsicles or cucumber melon salad garnished with color-complementary pansies.

Valter Jacinto Portugal

7) Nasturtium

Native to South and Central America, the plant Nasturtium is known for having vivid, intensely colored five-petal flowers. Each part of the plant is edible but the flower is most often used because its slightly peppery taste spices up salads and stir fries. Make it into a pesto or with smoked salmon on pizza for an earthy, hearty meal.


8 ) Daylily

Originally found in China, Korea and Japan, the out-sized colorful blossoms of the Daylily made them a favorite with gardening enthusiasts. Daylilies come in reds, oranges, purples and whites and have six petals decorated with contrasting stripes. Stunning as they are, you can also eat them!  When the petals are still firm, deep-fry to make Daylily fritters or stuff with rice and vegetables to make an unforgettable hors d’oeuvres.


Know of more edible flowers?? Got more recipe ideas? We want to hear from you!

Main Image Credit: Quintanaroo

14 thoughts on “8 Edible Flowers from around the World”

  1. somehow i’m used to the idea of eating fried bugs, but the idea of eating flowers gives me the willies. strange world. interesting post. i like.

  2. I don’t know if it’s a flower or part of the veggie, but I love fried zucchini blossoms. You can either fry the flower part of the zucchini by itself or fill it with cheeses/meats/whatever you like and then fry it. Delicious! :)

    I totally wanna try the cucumber salas with pansies. That would look beautiful. Would you buy the plant and then just cut the flowers to eat them?

  3. I love the idea of eating flowers especially the petals. I would any type of flower that speeds up metabolism.

  4. I never try eating flower but I have suck the dew from Honeysuckle sorbet. It is very sweet.

    Did you eat the cupcake with flower? That is a marvelous idea.

  5. Visited a candy factory in Nice once and they specialized in candied flowers I still can remember almost 15 years later the taste of a sugared rose, very distinct although I have to say not so delicious

  6. Clover is very yummy, I remember eating them as a child (I was a bit strange), but the flowers are very sweet. Dandelions are also eaten in salads etc, both the flowers and the leaves. Dandelion wine on the other hand…that should never be consumed.

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