Edible Flowers List

A list of some of the edible flowers available from Maddocks Farm Organics. Do phone to check as we are constantly adding new varieties.

Edible Flowers and petals are a fabulous addition to many dishes. The vibrancy of their colours, which in nature is designed to attract pollination insects, comes from a natural balance of complimentary colours on the colour wheel. The result is that flowers can look as stunning on the plate as in the garden.

Here is a quick guide to some edible flowers and their uses. There are many, many more on the internet and serveral books on the subject.

Please be aware however that not all flowers are edible and some are actually poisonous so DO NOT eat any flower or its petals until you are certain of a correct identification.

Also do not eat flowers bought from the florists, supermarkets or from garden centers & plant nurseries as they will almost certainly have been sprayed at some point and the chemicals used are not deemed fit for human consumption.

We include some edible flowers recipies on our blog each month.

Borage. Buy edible flowers from www.maddocksfarmorganics.co.uk

Borage (Borago officinalis)

Small delicate star shaped flowers have a cool cucumber flavour and make a wonderful garnish. They are traditionally used as a garnish for Pimms and look wonderful frozen in ice cubes. You can buy borage flowers here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – BLUE, PINK OR WHITE

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – APRIL, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER OCTOBER.

Broad beans. Buy edible flowers from www.maddocksfarmorganics.co.uk

Broad Beans

Broad bean flowers come in a range of colour and have a wonderful beamy flavour. They are fabulous in a salad or work beautifully with an omelette or other egg dishes.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – BLACK AND WHITE

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – APRIL, MAY, JUNE, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER.

calend

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Only the petals can be used. They have a tangy almost citrus flavour and are fabulous in salads, folded into pasta and in a citrus butter for melting over fish or chicken. You can buy calendula flowers here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – ORANGE, YELLOW, CREAM

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – APRIL, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER OCTOBER.

chich

Chicory (Chicorium intybus)

The petals of chicory can be used and have the same bitter flavour as the plants. They come in blue, pink or white and can be used as a garnish and in a wide range of dishes.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – BLUE,

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – SEPTEMBER OCTOBER.

chives

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

The individual florets have a strong onion flavour which is lovely in salads and particularly good with eggs. They are fabulous folded into omelettes or scrambled eggs.You can buy chive flowers here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – PINK

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY -MAY, JUNE, SEPTEMBER OCTOBER.

corri

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Coriander flowers have the same flavour as the leaves and are produced in masses of tiny white delicate fronds which make a beautiful and delicate garnish for many dishes.You can buy coriander flowers here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – WHITE

AVAILABLE -SEASONALLY – EMAIL JAN FOR DETAILS.

corn

Corn Flower (Centaurea cyanus)

Slightly sweet almost spicy clove like taste. Cornflowers come in a range of pink, blue and almost black. They crystalise well so are great for cupcakes. You can buy cornflowers  here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS  – BLUE, PURPLE, BLACK, PINK, RED, WHITE

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY -MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

courgette

Courgette (Cucurbita pepo var. courgette or marrow)

Courgette flowers have a sweet nutty flavour and are robust enough to use in tempura, for stuffing or folding into pasta dishes.

COLOURS  – YELLOW

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY -MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

dahlia

Dahlia (Dahlia)

A lovely range of strong colours for late summer. Related to sunflowers the petals are a pretty addition to salads.

COLOURS  – YELLOW, PURPLEBLACK, PINK, REDWHITE, ORANGEYELLOWCREAM,

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY -MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

daisy

Daisy (Bellis perennis)

The common daisy has some wonderful modern cultivars that come in a range of reds and pinks and white. The petals are not particularly intense in flavour but make a lovely garnish for both sweet and savoury dishes.

COLOURS  – PINK, REDWHITE, 

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – MARCH, APRIL, MAY

daylilly

Daylily (Hemerocallis)

The petals of day lilies have a wonderful sweet crunch and are used in a lot of recipes from East Asian where the plant originated. The buds can be sliced across and eaten or the petals can be removed once the flower has opened.

COLOURS  – ORANGEYELLOW

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND COLLECTION ONLY -MAY, JUNE

organic elderflower from http://maddocksfarmorganics.co.uk

Elderflower (Sambucus)

Perhaps one of the most famous of all the edible flowers and used to make Elderflower Cordial. Also a beautiful frilly garnish which can be used for garnishing cocktails or desserts and is wonderful to make elderflowers vinegar or gin.

COLOURS  –  WHITE, 

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY -MAY, JUNE

garlic

Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum)

Leaves add fabulous sweet garlic crunch to salas, soups and stir frys all summer. Do not overcook as you will loose the flavour. The starlike white flowers appear in August and add a lovely bite to salads and savoury dishes. You can buy garlic chive flowers here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS  – WHITE

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – AUGUST, SEPTEMBER,

glad

Gladioli (Gladiolus)

Come in a fabulous range of hot summer colours. Can be stuffed or the individual petals used. Mild lettuce like flavour.

COLOURS  – YELLOW, PURPLEBLACK, PINK,  GREEN, ORANGEYELLOW

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY -JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER,

honey

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle flowers bring a lovely fragrant sweetness to jams, jellies and cakes.

COLOURS  – PINK,  WHITE

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY -JUNE

lavender

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender flowers are intense flavour and aroma have been used in a wide range of recipes throughout the centuries. They are particularly good in baking and as a substitute for cloves. Lavender is quite often a component of the Provencal herb mix and is great with rabbit and chicken.You can buy lavender flowers here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS  – PURPLEPINK,  WHITE

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY -JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER,

nast

Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus)

Both the flowers and leaves have a lovely spicy flavour and the flowers come in a range of fabulous hot colours which look fabulous in a salad. If the stigma and stamens are carefully removed then the flowers can be stuffed with guacamole or cream cheese. You can buy nasturtium flowers here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS  – RED, ORANGEYELLOW

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY -JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER,

Buy edible flowers from http://maddocksfarmorganics.co.uk

Pansy (Viola tricolor)

Pansies are the most colourful of all the edible flowers and extremely versatile. They have a long flowering period, come in wide range of flowers, crystallise beautifully and can be used whole or just as individual petals. You can buy edible pansy flowers here.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – PEACH, ORANGE, YELLOW, RED, PINKBLUE, PURPLE, WHITE, CREAM

AVAILABLE – MARCH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER,

 
pinks

Pinks (Dianthus)

These petals can be steeped in wine, sugar, or use as cake decoration. To use the surprisingly sweet petals in desserts, cut them away from the bitter white base of the flower. You can buy dianthus flowers here.

COLOURS  – PINK, RED, BURGUNDY,  WHITE, 

AVAILABLE – APRIL, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBEr

 
 
rose

Rose (Rosa)

Roses have had culinary uses for centuries. They vary enormously in flavour but generally the more scented the better the flavour will be. They are fabulous in jam, cakes and crystallised. You can buy roses here and rose petals here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – PINK, RED, WHITE, ORANGE, YELLOW, PEACH, BURGUNDY, CREAM

AVAILABLE – MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

sage

Sage (Salvia Officinalis)

Sage flowers are a wonderful savoury addition to lots of dishes. They are strong in flavour and are wonderful with tomatoes dishes such as sprinkled on pizzas or folded into savoury butters. You can buy sage flowers here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – PURPLE

AVAILABLE – JUNE

salad

Salad rocket (Arugula)

The flowers of french or salad rocket have exactly the same spicy flavour as the leaves. They have a delicate star like appearance and are available for most of the year. Pretty as a garnish for salads but delicate.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – BROWN/CREAM

AVAILABLE – MARCH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE,

snap

Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)

Great colour with almost orchid like ‘faces’. Slightly bitter flavour not unlike chicory. Perfect for clipping onto the rim of cocktail glasses. You can buy snapdragon flowers here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – PINKRED, WHITE, ORANGE, YELLOW, PEACH, BURGUNDY, 

AVAILABLE – MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER,

sun

Sunflower (Helianthus annus)

Sunflower petals have a great bittersweet nutty flavour and a good crunch. They add a fabulous burst of colour to salads, pasta dishes or a stirfry. Sunflower buds can also be cooked and are not dissimilar to Jerusalem Artichokes in flavour.You can buy sunflower petals here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – ORANGE, YELLOW, PEACH, BURGUNDY, BROWN

AVAILABLE – AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER

ta

Tagetes

Tagetes are members of the marigold family. They have a citrus flavour and distinctive ‘marmalade’ perfume which work with both with sweet and savoury dishes. Tagetes are available to buy here.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – ORANGE, YELLOW, RED

AVAILABLE – MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER

tulips

Tulips (Tulipa)

Tulips come in a range of colours and make wonderful sweet canape ‘containers’ even for ice cream. Tulips are available to buy here.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – PEACH, ORANGE, YELLOW, RED, PINKCREAM

AVAILABLE – MARCH, APRIL

viola

Viola (Viola)

Dainty colourful flowers. Perfect for crystalising. Wide range of colours. The most commonly used of the edible flowers. You can buy viola flowers here and also see recipe ideas and suggestions.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – PEACH, ORANGE, YELLOW, RED, PINK, BLUE, PURPLE, WHITE, CREAM

AVAILABLE – MARCH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER,

violets

Violets (Viola ororata)

Devon violets are famous across the country and have a distinctive fragrant flavour.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – PURPLE, WHITE, 

AVAILABLE – MARCH, APRIL

wild

Wild Primroses (Primrose vulgaris)

A delicate fragrant flavour and look beautiful as a Spring garnish. They also look stunning set in a jelly.

COLOURS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – YELLOW 

AVAILABLE – MARCH, APRIL

wildgarlic

Wild garlic (Allium ursinum)

Leaves and flowers available in April. Leaves are broad and spinach like and impart a wonderful subtle garlic flavour when wrapped around chicken or fish.

COLOURS  – WHITE

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – MARCH APRIL

wildrocket

Wild rocket (Diplotaxis muralis)

Dainty spicy yellow flowers which are very pretty but are easily damaged by water or dressing.

COLOURS  – YELLOW

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER,

Buy Winter Purslane Flowers. Edible flowers http://maddocksfarmorganics.co.uk

Winter Purslane

SDainty spicy yellow flowers which are very pretty but are easily damaged by water or dressing. You can buy winter purslane flowers here . In season from February-April subject to availability.

COLOURS  – GREEN

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY – MARCH, APRIL, MAY