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Edible Flowers A-D

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Angelica

Angelica archangelica

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May be skin allergen to some individuals. Good with fish and the stems are especially popular candied. Tastes like: celery-flavored.
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Anise Hyssop

Agastache foeniculum

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Tastes like: sweet, anise-like, licorice flavor.
Apple

Malus species

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Eat in moderation; may contain cyanide precursors. Tastes like: delicate floral flavor.
Arugula

Eruca vesicaria

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Tastes like: nutty, spicy, peppery flavor.
Basil

Ocimum basilicum

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Tastes like: different varieties have different milder flavors of the corresponding leaves. Tastes like: lemon, mint.
Bee Balm

Monarda species

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Used in place of bergamot to make a tea with a flavor similar to Earl Grey Tea.
Borage

Borago officinalis

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Taste like: light cucumber flavor.
Burnet

Sanguisorba minor

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Tastes like: faint cucumber flavor, very mild.
Calendula*

Calendula officinalis

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Tastes like: poor man's saffron, spicy, tangy, peppery, adds a golden hue to foods.
Carnation

Dianthus caryophyllus

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Tastes like: spicy, peppery, clove-like.
Chamomile*

Chamaemelum nobile

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Tastes like: faint apple flavor, good as a tea.
Chicory*

Cichorium intybus

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Buds can be pickled.
Chives: Garden

Allium schoenoprasum

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Tastes like: mild onion flavor.
Chives: Garlic

Allium tuberosum

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Tastes like: garlicky flavor.
Chrysanthemum: Garland*

Chrysanthemum coronarium

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Tastes like: slight to bitter flavor, pungent.
Citrus: Lemon

Citrus limon

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Tastes like: waxy, pronounced flavor, use sparingly as an edible garnish, good for making citrus waters.
Clover

Trifolium species

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Raw flowerheads can be difficult to digest.
Coriander

Coriander sativum

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Citrusy biting tang.  Great in Mexican and Asian foods.
Cornflower*

Centaurea cynaus (aka Bachelor's Buttons)

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Tastes like: sweet to spicy, clove-like.
Dandelion*

Taraxacum officinalis

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Tastes like: very young buds fried in butter taste similar to mushrooms. Makes a potent wine.
Day Lily

Hemerocallis species

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Many Lilies (Lilium species) contain alkaloids and are NOT edible. Daylilies may act as a laxative. Tastes like: sweet, crunchy, like a crisp lettuce leaf, faintly like chestnuts or beans.
Dill

Anthum graveolens

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Crisp, grassy flavor.
*Only the petals of these composite flowers are edible. The pollen of composite flowers is highly allergenic and may cause reactions in sensitive individuals. Sufferers of asthma, ragweed, and hay fever should not consume composite flowers, and may have extreme allergies to ingesting any flowers at all.

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