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Choosing Edible Flowers

Squash blossom Photo: NC State Extension

Edible flowers are used in salads, entrees, desserts and beverages. So which ones are safe to use? Not all flowers are edible.

Do some research. Good reference resources will guide you safely. Always be sure they are not poisonous. Do not use flowers from florists, garden centers, or picked from the roadside. Introduce them into your diet in small amounts as some can have unpleasant side effects. Not all parts of the flower are edible, so research can help determine which parts to use.

Here are some resources:


About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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