Whether you're looking for unique flower cake decorations or seeking out ways to jazz up your family's meal, sprinkling in flowers you can eat adds color without the excessive calories. So, come take a stroll through the garden and discover edible flowers that won't poison your family.
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"There are two important things to remember about edible flowers: First is that not every flower is edible, and the second caution is to avoid flowers that may have been sprayed with an insecticide, fungicide or herbicide," cautions SheKnows Expert Sara Chana, homeopath and herbalist. The best way to ensure the edible flowers you're feeding your family are chemical-free is to grow them yourself. Here are a few blooms Chana recommends that are safe for your plate:


Edible flowers- Chamomile
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These delicate white petals with a large popping yellow center are most famous for their calming effects in tea, but for those who aren't allergic to ragweed, their apple-like flavor can be enjoyed to calm an upset stomach, squelch anxiety and conquer insomnia by adding to oatmeal, infusing in jams or adding to fruity toppings.


Edible flowers- Calendula
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Blooming in deep hues of yellow, orange and red, this edible flower can be grown easily in your garden. Not only great for adding splashes of color to your salad or baked in a muffin, they are high in flavonoids for a heart-healthy advantage.


Edible flowers- Lavender
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Used fresh or dried, the flowers and leaves of this member of the mint flower can give sadness the boot. Noted for its sweet, floral taste and hints of lemon and citrus, a little goes a long way so don't overdo it when sprinkling in this purple-hued bloom.


Edible flowers- Nasturtiums
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With a peppery flavor that gives salads a little pep and a whole lot of color, these red, yellow and orange florets taste similar to watercress and also make a vibrant garnish.


Edible flowers- Marigolds
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These tiny, feathery petals boast a citrus-like flavor and can be used as a substitute to saffron. Chock-full of antioxidants and high in carotenoid for skin health like anti-aging, sun protection and sun damage repair, Chana suggest you "mix them into pancakes or scrambled eggs and give your kids a rainbow diet."


Edible flowers- Pansies
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These bright and lively flowers are known for their big splashes of color, but their wintergreen flavor can be a great addition to cakes and desserts, too. These edible flowers can also top chicken or be frozen into ice cubes to float in drinks, but are also a great remedy for skin and respiratory conditions.


Edible flowers- Roses
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Known for dispelling sadness and depression, all rose petals are edible. But, those bought from the store are likely covered in pesticides, so heading to your own garden will ensure you're chemical-free. Add to jams, jellies or tea or eat candied or plain.


Edible flowers- Violets
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"If you eat violets in the spring it protects the chest from coughs in the fall," informs Chana. Known to help promote healthy lungs and skin, you can eat them fresh or candied or head over to Chana's website for a violet syrup recipe.

It's important to note that when cooking with edible flowers that won't poison your family, "most edible flowers are best eaten raw — simply pick and rinse with water," explains Chana. "Flowers will taste and look their best right after they have opened, rather than after they have been open for a few days." Whether you're adding flowers you can eat to your savory dish or using flowers as a cake decoration, these gifts from Mother Nature are guaranteed to intrigue even the pickiest of eaters.

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