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Holy basil, botanically known as ocimum tenuiflorum

Holy Basil Flowers: Good For Your Body And Mind

Holy basil, botanically known as ocimum tenuiflorum and fondly referred to as tulasi, or tulsi, is a green, perennial, flowering herb belonging to the mint family. The mint family is popular for its culinary and medicinal qualities with plants such as mint, sage, oregano and lavender topping the list. Continue reading [...]
sedum

Reliable And Versatile: Sedum Health Benefits

Sedum, commonly known as common stonecrop, or just stonecrop, is an evergreen, perennial flowering plant belonging to the crussulaceae family in the sedum genus. Basically, there are about 300 species of sedum in the genus. The plant is native to the Northern Hemisphere but can be found growing in most regions of the world including Asia, Europe, and North Africa. Continue reading [...]
Hosta, fondly reffered to as urui is a culinary delicacy

Hardy, Crisp And Yummy Hosta

Hostana Montana, commonly known as hosta, urui or ginbo is a perennial flowering plant in the lily family. Continue reading [...]

Spider Flower: Meet The African Cabbage

Cleome gynandra, commonly referred to as African cabbage, African spider flower, cat’s whiskers, bastard mustard, spider flower, or spider wisp, is an erect, annual, flowering plant belonging to the capparaceae family. The plant occurs throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world and is native to South Africa, Americas, and South East Asia. Continue reading [...]
Tulips are versatile,beautiful, medicinal and edible

Meet The Versatile Tulip Flower With Culinary And Medicinal Uses

Tulip, botanically known as tulipa, is a flowering perennial plant grown from a bulb in the liliaceae family. It flowers in spring and brings forth blossoms in a wide variety of colors, except blue. Tulip flowers have 3 petals and three sepals. Continue reading [...]
Begonia or Begonia coccinea is much more than just beautiful flowers

Begonias: Much More Than Beautiful Flowers

Begonia coccinea, or angel wing begonia, commonly known as begonia, is a fibrous, herbaceous, flowering, perennial plant with erect, branched stems. The plant starts flowering from summer and lasts until winter, bringing forth light pink or red flowers with a mild fragrance. The flowers are irregularly shaped blossoms with red peduncles. Begonias occur naturally in tropical and subtropical climates. These plants are quite popular due to their beautiful flowers with some species thriving indoors as ornamental plants. Begonia blossoms are likened to roses in beauty and luxury. They are rich in color, warm, and feminine. Continue reading [...]

Saffron: The Treasure of the Fall-Blooming Crocus

The purple fall-blooming crocus is a celebrated member of the iris family. Not only does it have graceful, lavender-colored blooms, but this particular type of crocus has a treasure inside: saffron. Continue reading [...]
Sweet alyssum has medicinal and culinary properties

Sweet Alyssum: The Honey-scented Flower

Sweet alyssum or Lobularia maritime is a flowering shrub in the Brassicaceae family. It is native to northern Africa, southern Europe, and the Canary Islands. Alyssum, the plant’s genus, comprises of more than a 100 species. The alyssum genus has both perennial and annual plants. Continue reading [...]
Sherpherd's needle

Shepherd’s Needle: An Underappreciated Medicinal And Edible Wildflower

Bidens alba, commonly known as shepherd's needle, demon spike grass, bur-marigold, pitchfork weed, and Spanish needles, is a short-lived perennial or annual, flowering plant. It is a member of the aster family and closely related to daisy, echinacea, and sunflowers. Continue reading [...]

How to Incorporate Edible Flowers into your Holiday Meals

If you want to make your holiday dishes tasty and unique, add edible flowers. From sides and entrees to desserts, there are numerous ways to use these delicious blooms to enhance your cooking. Continue reading [...]
Thyme has great health benefits

Time for Thyme, The Nearly Perfect Cooking Herb

Thyme or thymus vulgaris is an evergreen, perennial, flowering herb native to the Mediterranean region and belonging to the mint family. The herb is a popular cooking companion and is one of the most used plants in the culinary world. Continue reading [...]
Rue is the forgotten cooking herb of Roman times

Rue: The Forgotten Roman Cooking Herb

Rue, botanically known as ruta graveolens, is an evergreen, flowering herb featuring green-bluish leaves. It is native to the Western part of Asia and the Mediterranean region and thrives in partial or full sun. The plant is a hardy plant and can thrive in dry conditions as long as it is established. In addition, rue is perfectly happy in poor soil. Continue reading [...]
Great burdock is also known as arctium lappa

Burdock For Food And Detox

Burdock or thorny burr is native to Europe and Asia but has become naturalized to many regions of the world including North America. The plant belongs to the arctium genus in the asteraceae family and has two varieties: arctium lappa (greater burdock) and arctic minus (lesser or smaller burdock). Both are similar in appearance except for their difference in height, however, arctium minus is more common compared to the former. The plant is widely distributed and can be found growing along roadsides, in field borders and empty spaces. Continue reading [...]
Water avens

Water Avens: Nature’s Chocolate With Health Benefits

Water avens, also known as avens, drooping avens, cure-all and botanically referred to as geum rivale is a hairy, perennial flowering plant with an erect stem. The plant is native to North America, UK, and Siberia and belongs to the rosaceae (rose) family. Continue reading [...]
Harebell flowers

Harebell Flowers: A Beneficial Plant With A Bunny Connection

Harebell, botanically known as campanula rotundifolia, is a small, hairless, creeping, flowering, perennial herb. The plant belongs to the bellflower family. It has trailing stems with small club-like leaves at the base. Continue reading [...]
Allium vineale

Wild Garlic: Can You Eat All Of It?

Allium vineale, commonly known as wild garlic, crow garlic, and field garlic, is a pungent-smelling flowering plant thought to have originated from the Mediterranean region. Though commonly known as garlic, its appearance and flavor are closer to an onion compared to garlic. Continue reading [...]
Cow parsley

Cow Parsley: Edible and Tasty, But be Sure What You’re Eating

Anthriscus sylvestris, commonly known as cow parsley or wild chervil is a perennial flowering plant whose white, umbrella-shaped flowers you are likely to see along roadsides during springtime. Continue reading [...]

Edible Squash Blossoms to Share with Family and Friends

Do you have dozens of new squash blooms late in the growing season? It may be too late for those flowers to develop into fruits, but that doesn't mean they have to go to waste. Squash blossoms are edible and can be incorporated into a delicious harvest dinner. Continue reading [...]
Peonies health benefits: Peonies have many health benefits due to its levels of antioxidants

Edible Peony Flowers – How to Eat Them!

Peonies were a popular hit during the medieval time especially when they were in season. While the seeds and roots are edible, it is the flowers that are commonly used in the culinary world as they taste great and impart pink hues to foods and beverages. Continue reading [...]

Flavored with Flowers: Herbal Teas and Tisanes

Herbal tea is a beverage that doesn't contain any actual tea leaves. Also called tisane, these drinks are naturally caffeine-free and can be served either hot or cold. Tisanes can be used for their health benefits or simply for refreshment. Continue reading [...]

Cool Desserts with a Floral Twist

A fun way to add pizzazz to desserts is to infuse them with edible flowers. Adding both flavor and color, edible flowers can take a common snack and make it truly extraordinary. Continue reading [...]

How To Use Milk Thistle Flowers In Your Kitchen

Silybum marianum, commonly known as milk thistle, Mary thistle, and holy thistle is a flowering plant in the daisy family. The plant derives its name from the milky sap it produces when the leaves are broken. It is native to the Mediterranean region but is now naturalized around the world. Milk thistle is edible and has been used as food for more than 2,000 years. Basically, all parts of the milk thistle have been used as food with no substantial reports of toxicity for centuries. Apart from being used as food, the plant is also known for its medicinal capabilities as it has tonic properties. Continue reading [...]
There are many lotus flower benefits for your health

The Lotus Flower: Yummy, Mythical And Beautiful

Ever read The Odyssey, Homer’s classical epic written around 10 BC? Then you are familiar with Odysseus' struggle to return home after the Trojan War. In once instance, Odysseus' ship was blown off-course to a strange land populated by people identified as lotus-eaters. The lotus-eaters gave Odysseus’ men some lotus flowers to eat and that was the beginning of a new challenge for the king as his men fell into a lotus-induced trance and no longer wanted to go back home. Continue reading [...]

Make it Yourself: Flower Infused Salt and Sugar

If your herb garden is overflowing and you'd like a unique way to share your harvest, consider making infused salt or sugar. Using the flowers and leaves from popular culinary herbs allows you to create thoughtful and fun gifts with little effort. Continue reading [...]

Eating Magnolia Blossoms

Did you know that magnolia, the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi is edible? While these blossoms are considered southern flowers, magnolias are a common sight throughout the US. Blooms of these magnificent trees resemble butterflies that are ready to take to the skies and give a free feeling to homes, gardens, and driveways. Continue reading [...]

Make it Yourself: Flower Infused Vinegars and Oils

You may be familiar with chili-infused oil and tarragon-infused vinegar. But did you know that many herb flowers can be used to add flavor to condiments? Not only are the leaves and seeds of herb plants edible, many have flowers that impart delicious flavor as well. Continue reading [...]
Cooking with hop flowers

Cooking With Hop Flowers

By now you know hops are sought-after for imparting complex flavors to beers. But did you know that hops are also great for cooking with? Continue reading [...]
How to eat lilacs

Fragrant And Edible Lilacs

Did you know that lilacs, the all-time symbols of first love and innocence are also great on your plate? Anyone who has ever eaten them testify that eating these blossoms gives an explosive flavor experience tinged with a mildly bitter and floral taste that is unforgettable. In addition, lilac flowers are good for garnishing. Continue reading [...]
Cooking with elderflower

Cooking With Elderflower

The American elder, common elder, elderflower or sambucus canadensis is a flowering shrub commonly found growing in most US states along road-sides, ditches or hedges. It is characterized by ivory or cream-colored blossoms commonly known as elderflowers which come out in spring and early summer. The flowers occur in umbels featuring an umbrella-shaped cluster. Continue reading [...]
Lemon verbena medicinal uses. The plant's aerial parts can be infused and used as an expectorant, sedative and digestive tract remedy

Culinary Uses Of Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena is grown for its aroma and culinary taste. Unlike most herbs with culinary value, lemon verbena can be used fresh or dry without losing most of its aroma. To dry the flowers and leaves of the herb, tie the stems at the bottom and hang to dry. Alternatively, strip off the leaves and place them in a dehydrator. Continue reading [...]
Purslane recipes

Purslane: A Succulent, Culinary And Flowering Weed

Duckweed not only possesses great antibacterial and antioxidant properties but is also packed with important nutritive components such as omega-3 fatty acids which are great for boosting the body’s immune system. Omega-3s are a category of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. Since the body does not make essential fatty acids, you must get them from the food you eat. Unfortunately, the average American diet is usually low on fatty acids which expose many people to conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading [...]
Hollyhocks are edible

Edible Hollyhock: How To Eat Alcea Rosea

Did you know hollyhocks are edible? Yes, the whole plant can be used for food purposes. Hollyhocks are members of the Malvaceae family with beautiful, showy flowers. They bloom from July to September and seeds appear towards August. If you intend to pick the flowers for floral arrangement, medicinal or culinary purposes, harvest them in July and August when they are in full bloom. Continue reading [...]
White clover flower

White Clover: Herb Flowers For Comfort And Healing

Trifolium repens, commonly known as white clover, ladino clover, Dutch white clover or lodi clover is perennial herb native to Central Asia and Europe but has been introduced as a yard crop around the world. It is common in North America and New Zealand and thrives in moist and cool climates. The herb features circular or oval-shaped leaves and shoots out white, scented flowers with a pink hue. It has elongated, erect stems that are hairless with a light green hue. Continue reading [...]
chervil recipe

Chervil: The Delicate But Popular Flowering Herb

Chervil has a light flavor that most people claim is similar to licorice or anise. Others describe chervil’s flavor as mild or minty. It is one of the herbs-alongside tarragon, parsley, and chives-used in French cooking to make fine herbes, a traditional culinary blend in France. The flavor is very delicate and usually gets lost when heavily cooked, so, it is normally added to dishes towards the end of cooking. The herb is also used in egg dishes and French recipes for béarnaise sauce. Continue reading [...]
Dill health benefits and uses

How To Use Dill Flowers As A Culinary Delight

Anethum graveolens, commonly known as dill or dill weed, is a fast-growing annual herb that can complete its growth cycle in as little as 2 months. The lanky-looking plant with fernlike features you see today in grocery stores was so precious that it was normally kept under lock and key. Dill’s flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds are all edible. This article will show you how to use dill flowers as a culinary delight. Continue reading [...]
what does chicory taste like

Chicory On Your Plate And In Your Cup

Chicory is often referred to as blue dandelion due to its similarity to dandelion. The plant has edible roots, leaves, and flowers. Though chicory is a close cousin of the dandelion, chicory’s flowers are more intense compared to dandelion blossoms. So, what does chicory taste like? Well, it has a bitter and spicy taste which tends to mellow when cooked. Continue reading [...]
Angelica archangelica herbal medicinal properties

Angelica Culinary Uses

Angelica, also known as wild celery, is an imposing herb that grows to about 8 feet tall. The plant is as fascinating as its name sounds and has an aromatic fragrance. It blossoms in July featuring many small green or yellow flowers which are grouped into large, globular umbels. Continue reading [...]

Colorful And Yummy: Pansy Flowers For Cooking

Pansies, also known as wild violets or viola tricolors, are annual or biennial plants with a woody stem. They produce yellow, white or purple flowers. In some instances, they feature three different colors, which explain how they got the “tricolor” name. The flowers are edible and have high nutritional value. At this juncture, it is important to emphasize that pansy flowers for cooking should be organically grown to avoid ingesting pesticide residue. Raw pansy flowers have a strong flavor Continue reading [...]
zucchini flowers medicinal properties

Eating Squash Flowers

Squash, also known as cucurbita pepo or courgette is a herbaceous vine in the gourd family. It is native to the Mesoamerica and Andes region. Several species of the plant are cultivated worldwide for their edible fruits, leaves, and flowers and are commonly known as pumpkin, zucchini or gourd depending on the locality, variety, and species. Squash produces orange or yellow flowers with male and female features. Since these flowers are high perishable, eating squash blossoms is a delicate affair as they are rarely stocked in food stores and supermarkets but occasionally can be found in farmers’ markets. Continue reading [...]
Cooking with daylily flowers. These flowers are spectacular and very tasty

Tasty and Spectacular: Cooking With Daylily Flowers

Hemerocallis or day lily, also known as daylily is flowering plant cultivated mostly for its beautiful flowers. These plants commonly blossom between late spring and midsummer featuring delicate, trumpet-shaped flowers with colors ranging from yellow to orange. Daylilies flowers are not only spectacular but also edible and very tasty. When cooking with daylily flowers, it is always advisable to factor in their delicate nature to avoid losing their nutritive value and flavor. To enjoy their full goodness, you should eat the flowers the same day they are picked. Continue reading [...]

Anise Hyssop Culinary Uses

Anise hyssop is a perennial herbaceous plant that is a member of the mint family. It is self-seeding and can also propagate by rhizomes. The herb has a scalloped edge, catnip-like leaves, and small lavender-blue flowers. It is often grown for medicinal, ornamental and culinary purposes. In Canada and America, natives were fond of eating anise hyssop as dessert while the Cheyenne used anise hyssop tea for managing colds and coughs. Continue reading [...]
There are benefits of eating sunflower petals

How To Eat Sunflower Petals and Buds

Sunflowers are said to have originated from Peru and Mexico. In the US, the seeds were used by American Indians for more than 5,000 years for snacking. The Indians also squeezed out the oil for baking bread and used the flowers for dyeing textiles. At this time, the Indians probably had no idea about the benefits of eating sunflower petals. Continue reading [...]
nasturtium flower recipes can be used for almost any dish

Pretty and Delicious: Nasturtium Flowers Recipes

Ever noticed orange, red or yellow flowers in your salad, drink or cake? Most likely, these brightly colored flowers were nasturtiums. Tropaeolum majus or nasturtium is commonly used by chefs to add color or create stunning plates of art. Today, many wedding cakes are decorated with nasturtium flowers as they add color and pomp to the event. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about nasturtium flower recipes and how to turn the plant into a delicacy. Continue reading [...]
Medicinal allium flowers-allium flowers are not just beautiful but also medicinal

Can You Eat Allium Flowers?

Allium sativum commonly known as allium is a species in the onion genus and closely related to leek, onion, chive, and shallot. Allium is native in northeastern Iran and central Asia. Most people know that their leaves, stems, and bulbs are edible, but can you eat allium flowers? This article will address that question conclusively. Continue reading [...]
Borage flower culinary uses

Borage Flower Culinary Uses

Borage (Borago officinalis) commonly known as bugloss, and bee bread is an annual herb with deep blue flowers. It occurs naturally in the Mediterranean region and has been localized in many parts of the world. The herb which belongs to the Boraginaceae family is also known as starflower because of its five-petaled flowers that are star-shaped. Borage flower culinary uses and medicinal properties are part of the reasons why the herb has become a common feature in most gardens. Continue reading [...]
lavender flowers with bread

Is Eating Lavender Flowers Safe?

Lavender flowers are known for their fragrance, beauty, and medicinal properties. But, is eating lavender flowers safe? Yes, lavender flowers are highly edible and commonly added to baked products and other recipes. Eating lavender flowers comes with many benefits including enhancing your intake of minerals, vitamins and getting rid of free radicals from your body. Continue reading [...]
lavender flowers with bread

A Flowering Herb Garden is the Right Gift for Someone who Loves to Cook

Many gardeners who love to cook grow an herb garden. Few things make more of a flavor impact than fresh herbs. But did you know that many classic herbs also have edible flowers? Continue reading [...]

Can You Eat Rose Flowers?

Most people love the fragrance of rose flowers and their beauty but do not know that they can be used for much more than scent and beauty. So, can you eat rose flowers? The answer is a resounding, yes! Rose flowers are edible and can be used as a cooking ingredient or eaten raw. The flowers have been used for years in various parts of the world including the Middle East where a rose-flavored dish known as Turkish delight is popular in tea parties. Continue reading [...]
chamomile health benefits

Edible Uses of Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile is a beautiful herb that adorns gardens with multiple, yellow, daisy-like flowers throughout the growing season. They can be eaten raw, dried, fried or steamed. Edible uses of chamomile flowers include Continue reading [...]
Purple and white African Violet blossoms

Violets: A Popular Gift Since Ancient Times

Violets have been given as gifts of affection for hundreds of years. There are numerous myths about their creation and their significance as gifts going back at least two thousand years. Continue reading [...]

Pretty and delicious: how to eat carnations

Carnations, fondly known as the “flower of the gods”, are some of the world’s oldest cultivated and most respected flowers for ages. They are highly adaptable and thrive under partial shade or full sunlight in well-drained soils. They are tolerant of salty soil or air found along coastal regions and urban air pollution. Carnations are pretty but also edible. In this article, we will explore how to eat carnations. Continue reading [...]

Are Hibiscus Flowers Edible? Good Enough to Eat and Drink

You have probably heard of hibiscus plants and can even pick out a hibiscus flower from other flowers in your garden. After all, these plants are quite common and bloom during summer which makes them a sight to behold with their large, showy flowers. But are hibiscus flowers edible? Continue reading [...]

Edible Marigold: Dinner is Served

Marigold is a common annual flower that blossoms throughout summer and fall. It brings vibrancy and color to many homes and gardens for months. In some instances, it is planted in pots or around other herbs to repel pests. While Marigold flowers are great for ornamental purposes, they have much more to offer apart from their color and vibrancy as they are edible and highly nutritious. Continue reading [...]