Plant Parts: Flowers




A flower is the part of a plant that makes the seeds
that will grow new plants. 

Parts of a Flower



We eat flowers all the time:

Broccoli, and Cauliflower are both the flowering part of a plant. Garden flowers are not only pretty to look at, they can be eaten, too! Garden 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.


When used with care, they can add a new dimension to recipes both for flavour and aesthetically. 




While mmany flowers are edible, as some are poisonous, it's best to stick to the one's you know are ok

  • Calendula/pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) comes in yellow, gold, or orange flowers with a tangy, peppery taste.
  • Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum coronarium) produces mild-favored, flowers in shades of yellow to white.
  • African marigold (Tagetes erecta) has white, gold, yellow, or red flowers with a strongly pungent flavor.
  • Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia) features white, gold, yellow, or red flowers with a citrus flavor.
  • Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) has flowers in shades of white to red, with a watercress and peppery flavor.
  • Pansy/viola (Viola spp.) has violet, white, pink, yellow, or multi-colored flowers with a sweet flavor.
  • Petunia (Petunia hybrida) has a wide range of colors and a mild flavor
  • Garden salvia (Salvia officinalis) features blue, purple, white, or pink flowers with a slightly musky flavor.
  • Radish (Raphanus sativus) has yellow, spicy-hot flowers.
  • Scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.) has white, red, pink, or purple flowers with flavors such as apple or lemon, depending on the variety.
  • Scarlet runner beans (Phaseolus coccineus) has bright orange to scarlet flowers with a mild, raw bean flavor.
  • Squash (Cucurbita spp.) has yellow to orange flowers with a mild, raw squash flavor.
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) features white, yellow, orange, or burgundy flowers. Unopened buds taste like a mild artichoke. Flower petals are bittersweet.