Flowers have been eaten for thousands of years. They have been used for many years in Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Indian cuisines and are known to have been cooked by the ancient Romans.
In Europe early writings have included the account of a medieval feast where venison was cooked with marigolds and salads made with violets.
Various edible flowers can be bought on Babaroots as per order, or are also found in various salad leaf packs.
|Common Name||Botanical Name||Comments|
|Arugula||Eruca vesicaria||Tastes like: nutty, spicy, peppery flavor|
|Basil||Ocimum basilicum||Tastes like: different varieties have different milder flavors of the corresponding leaves. Tastes like: lemon, mint.|
|Chives: Garden||Allium schoenoprasum||Tastes like: mild onion flavor.|
|Chives: Garlic||Allium tuberosum||Tastes like: garlicky flavor|
|Coriander||Coriander sativum||Pungent. A prime ingredient in salsa and many Latino and Oriental dishes. Tastes like: Some palates detect a disagreeable soapy flavor while others adore it.|
|Dill||Anthum graveolens||Has a pronounced tang.|
|Gladiolus||Gladiolus spp||Tastes like: similar to lettuce|
|Impatiens||Impatiens wallerana||Tastes like: very bland, nondescript flavor|
|Nasturtium||Tropaeolum majus||Buds are often pickled and used like capers. Tastes like: sweet, mildly pungent, peppery flavor|
|Pansy||Viola X wittrockiana||Tastes like: very mild sweet to tart flavor|
|Rosemary||Rosmarinus officinalis||Tastes like: pine-like, sweet, savory|
|Thyme||Thymus vulgaris||Tastes like: lemon, adds a nice light scent.|