Because your garden has more to offer than just tomatoes and cucumbers
How to Safetly Eat Edible Flowers
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Summer is all about filling your plate with homegrown veggies, but why stop there? The flowers surrounding the garden beds are worthy of space on your plate, too. A 2012 study published in the journal Molecules found many edible flowers are loaded with antioxidants and potassium (#flowerpower!). Just be sure the buds come from the wild or from a farmer's market where you can talk to the sellers about how they were grown. You want to strongly avoid blooms covered in pesticides and any flowers that have been grown in soil that's been treated with animal manure. Another important thing to know: Not every flower is safe to eat. Read up on this list of poisonous plants put together by North Carolina State University before digging in. Or stick to one of these 10 recipes that will open your eyes to a new way to eat plants.
Edible Flower and Elderflower Popsicles
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Summer heat has nothing on these almost-too-pretty-to-eat Edible Flower and Elderflower Popsicles. Serve them at your next summer barbecue and don't be surprised if everyone immediately swoons.
Photo: Chew Town
Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce and Edible Flowers
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Trendy zoodles meet the edible flower trend when the two culinary crazes join forces in this Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce & Edible Flowers. You'll have one seriously colorful—and veggie-packed—dinner. (For more inspiration check out these 10 Healthy, Low-Carb Alternatives to Pasta.)
Photo: Shiny Happy Bright
Lentil Salad with Microgreens and Marigold
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The marigold flowers scattered across the plate aren't just for show (though they certainly are showstoppers). The edible flowers also lend a slight citrus flavor to the incredibly photogenic Lentil Salad with Browned Butter Baby Turnips, Sourdough Bits, Soft Boiled Egg, Microgreens, and Marigold.
Photo: Earthy Feast
Coconut Rose Semifreddo
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Don't be intimidated by this recipe (or the gorgeous photo). Creating the Coconut Rose Semifreddo, which is a refreshing, chilled Italian dessert, is totally within your cooking abilities so long as you've got the time. Just make sure the roses you pluck weren't treated with any chemicals. Then, this treat is fair game.
Photo: Kitchen Vignettes
Edible Flower Lemon Jello Shot
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Forget about the jello shots you had at college frat parties. These Edible Flower Lemon Jello Shots are elegant, a tad boozy (though they can be served alcohol-free, as well), and low in calories. Bottoms up!
Photo: Sugar & Cloth
Granola with Lemon Yogurt and Edible Flowers
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This parfait of Granola with Lemon Yogurt and Edible Flowers stacks layers of granola, lemon yogurt, berries, and edible pansies, nasturtiums, and carnations to liven up your breakfast. Midweek slump? Not here. (If you thought this breakfast was pretty, just wait until you get a look at these Pretty Parfaits That Are Almost Too Gorgeous to Eat.)
Photo: What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today
Sweet Potato with Hibiscus Tea Yogurt and Turmeric Granola
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Who says you can't have sweet potatoes for breakfast? This Breakfast Sweet Potato with Hibiscus Tea Yogurt and Turmeric Granola recipe calls for topping the superfood with almonds, turmeric granola, maple syrup, and edible flowers to pretty much guarantee you'll stave off hunger until lunchtime.
Photo: Vegetarian 'Ventures
Lilac-Lemon-Grapefruit Sherbet with an Edible Flower
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Tart lovers will melt over this dairy-free Lilac-Lemon-Grapefruit Sherbet with Edible Flowers. The sweet and citrus blend gets next-level good when you get a whiff of lilacs with each bite.
Photo: Will Frolic for Food
Lilac Flower Water
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Infuse H20 with lilac petals to turn a basic glass of water into a full-blown work of art. This recipe for Lilac Flower Water takes a day or two for the flavor to pull through, but the sweet scent that comes with each sip is well worth the wait.
Photo: Fare Isle
Wisteria and Redbud Spring Rolls
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These Wisteria and Redbud Spring Rolls are stuffed with rice noodles, herbs, and wildflowers, all of which you can see peek through the thin rice paper. Be sure to avoid the pods and seeds on the wisteria plant. Only the petals are safe to eat.
Photo: Wild Edible