Basil Flowers have tiny white flowers which bloom on the tips of the plants, both leaves and flowers are edible. Cilantro Flowers are wispy white snowflake like pedals which form on feathery tips of the plants. Dill Flowers are small and yellow and can be used in the same way as dill weed adding a splash of color. Fennel flowers have a yellow starburst shape to them and have a mild anise flavor. French Dandelions flowers are the sweetest when picked young; the blooms should be removed from the greens, young leaves may be cooked or used in salads. Garlic Chives have flavorful white or purple flowers that have an onion-garlic flavor just right to garnish gazpacho. Chamomile with its small yellow and white flowers make a great hot tea or cool ice. Greek Oregano's flowers are white to pale pink and very small with a savory like flavor. Lavender flowers have very fragrant citrus flavor and should be used sparingly in cooking, and with its lavender colored flowers make a great garnish for lamb and game dishes. Licorice Mint also known as Anise Hyssop make great teas and garnish for desserts. It has a dainty lavender colored flower. Rosemary with its tiny light purple to blue flowers not only add a great scent, but color to dishes when used as a garnish. Saffron is the stamen of the crocus plant. In this case, the flower pedals are discarded and should not be eaten. Sage comes in so many varieties, each with its own color of flower, from the bright yellow flowers of the silver sage to the firecracker red of the pineapple sage plant which was named Salvia for its medicinal powers. It also has a very strong pineapple scent; all sage plants are edible with varied degrees of fragrance and flavor. Sweet Marjoram has very tiny small white lace like flowers.
Edible Vegetable Flowers
Artichokes, of course, are a thistle in which the leaves of the flower are eaten and the choke or thistle part is discarded. Arugula flowers can be eaten. However they are quite bitter, the tender leaves are best for eaten. Broccoli florets have small yellow flowers with a mild spiciness. Chives, garlic and onion flowers are edible with a pronounced flavor of the plants. They make for a wonderful garnish in soups and salads. Corn shoots may be eaten when they resemble large blades of grass with a strong sweet corn flavor, which could be used as a garnish for a corn chowder. The whole baby corn in husk may also be eaten, silk and all. Mustard Flowers are small and bright yellow. They take on the pungency of their plants= leaves and can be used in a salad or sautéed with other greens. Ornamental Kale although it is usually used as a garnish for platters, it can be eaten and can be sautéed as any other greens. Pea Blossoms are mostly white to pale colored, both the shoots and tendrils are edible with a sweet delicate pea flavor. (Do Not use the Sweet Pea Flowers.) Radish flowers depending on the variety may be white, yellow or pink and have a distinct spicy bite to them. The Radish shoots with their bright red or white tender stalks are very tasty and are great sautéed or in salads. Scarlet Runner Beans have brilliant red blooms that are very tasty and can be served as a garnish for soups, in salads, or on side dishes for a splash of color. Squash blossoms are usually taken off the male plant, which only provides pollen for the female. All squash type blossoms are edible, even the pumpkin and gourd. They are often filled and deep fried or floated atop a soup. It is now becoming popular to allow baby squash to form with the flower still attached and sautéing, grilling or steaming the vegetable for a greater visual impact.
Fruit Trees may have edible flowers. However the trees are usually sprayed just before and during the bloom. If you are using you own flowers and have not sprayed, please use only the pedals, not the pistils or stamen. Apple blossoms with their delicate floral flavor can be eaten in moderation, since they may contain cyanide. The whole purple blossom of the Banana tree is edible; it is usually parboiled and used in curries. Citrus blossoms make wonderful teas and can be used to finish a dish with a whiff of lemon, lime or orange. However they do have a waxy texture, but lots of scent. Pineapple Guava has a similar taste to the ripe fruit. I no not suggest eating nut flowers.