A List of Edible Flowers

Posted on February 22, 2011

A comprehensive list of edible flowers can inspire you to creating the ultimate dream wedding cake; one that will be long remembered even after the big event has passed. Check out this edible flowers list for inspiration on blooms that are both beautiful and palatable: Two bright yellow dandelions in the grass are included in the list of edible flowers
  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis): Also known as marigolds, this is a wonderful edible flower. With flavors that range from bitter and peppery, to tangy and spicy…their sharp flavor resembles saffron. Their deep golden and orange-hued petals can be sprinkled on soup, pasta or rice, herb butters or salads.
  • Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus): A favorite edible flower on wedding cakes for their surprisingly sweet petals, they also can be steeped in wine. Petals add beautiful color to salads and are also one of the secret ingredients used to make the French liqueur, Chartreuse, since the 17th century.
Close-up of a pink carnation a great pick for edible flower arrangements
  • Dandelions (Taraxacum officinalis): These are members of the daisy family. The buds are tastier than the flowers and are best when picked young with a sweet, honey-like flavor. As edible flower arrangements go, the surprise-factor is huge. Imagine the look of astonishment on your child’s face when you pop one of the blooms from their proudly-presented bouquets into your mouth!
  • Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana): These lovely blooms make our list of edible flowers for their sweet flavor…often used to float in drinks or as decorative flowers on a wedding cake due to their color variety.
  • Roses (Rosa rugosa): The visual impact of this versatile, elegant flower is clear but the flavors, depending on the type and color are reminiscent of green apples and strawberries. As a wedding cake edible flower, it is hands-down the favorite. The flavor is more pronounced with the darker colors…with subtle undertones ranging from fruit to mint.
A single deep rich red rose with stem makes a beautiful edible flower on a wedding cake

Picture Perfect & Tasty: Edible Flowers for Wedding Cakes

For a stunning design using edible flowers for your wedding cake, consider crystallized candy edible flowers. These can be used in a multitude of creative ways, to decorate both large and small cakes and desserts. Using pansies, roses, violets, or scented geraniums, carefully clean and dry the flowers. Beat one egg white in a small bowl until slightly foamy, adding a few drops of water if needed to allow the egg white to spread easily.  Using a thin paintbrush, paint each flower individually with the egg white. When thoroughly coated, sprinkle with superfine sugar (available in stores, or blend regular sugar in a blender or food processor till extra-fine). Place coated flowers on wax paper on a wire rack and let dry at room temperature, which could take 12 to 36 hours. Flowers are complete when dry, stiff and brittle to the touch. Store in layers, separated by tissue paper in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use. Then enjoy! Using any of the edible flowers on our list will guarantee a unique, memorable and exceptional edible flowers wedding cake. The possibilities are endless and present a wonderful opportunity to let your extraordinary style shine through. Please Note: Not all flowers are edible and not all parts of a flower are edible.  Be sure to consult an expert on edible flowers before consumption.  It is never recommended that you pick your own edible flowers.  Some flowers contain toxins that can be life-threatening.

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