wasn’t attracted to this wine promotion just because it is
the same name as my nephew, Josh. I was curious with this
company’s idea that the scent of a spring flower is much
like the aroma of a favorite glass of wine.
do more than just smell flowers this spring. Many of these
pretties are edible, say plant experts. Add flower petals to
salads, cheese spreads or salad dressings. Freeze them in ice
cubes to dress up cold beverages. Some flowers can even be
used to make wine.
scientific name for people who eat flowers for food is
floriphagia (flori-FA-gea). And it’s not a particularly new
practice, say food historians. Native Americans for example,
have long enjoyed eating blossoms from pumpkin and squash
flowers can also contribute to our nutritional health,
according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
Although nutritional analyses of edible flowers is limited,
researchers have identified several nutrients in the petals of
flowers including vitamins A and C, riboflavin, niacin and
minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, iron and potassium.
flowers also signal the presence of phytochemicals (natural
substances in plants) found to be beneficial to human health.
Pigments that make roses red and nasturtiums orange for
example, are rich in substances called polyphenols. These
compounds are rich in antioxidant properties which may help
prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease and
cautious before imbibing on any flower in the garden, however.
Some plants and their flowers are poisonous, caution experts
at the College of Agriculture at North Carolina State
do not eat flowers purchased at a nursery or roadside stand
unless it is labeled as edible. And avoid any flowers that
have been sprayed with pesticides not approved for edible
plants or grown in soil fertilized with untreated manure (that
which has not been composted).
you suffer with allergies or hay fever this time of year,
flower pollen might not be the best idea.
a few edible flower offerings:
Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) is dark burgundy colored and
has the aroma of dark chocolate…yum. Add the petals or young
leaves to salads, say culinary experts. Enjoy with a glass of
Cabernet Savignon, say experts at Josh Cellars.
petals. Rose hips — the round part of the flower just below
the petals — have been found to contain vitamin C, a potent
antioxidant nutrient. And if roses smell good, they will
probably taste good, say food experts. Use rose petals to
garnish summer beverages and fruit dishes. Rose petals also
make attractive cake decorations.
Use lavender flowers in sweet as well as savory dishes, say
garden experts Thompson & Morgan. Or check out the
Lavender Harvest Celebration this summer at Bernardus Lodge in
Carmel Valley, Calif., with a sumptuous lunch buffet infused
with lavender delicacies. (My favorite in years past was
If you can learn to spell these delightful garden climbers,
you deserve to eat them. Nasturtiums are related to the
cruciferous vegetable family known for their cancer-fighting
abilities. Similar in taste to its close family member
watercress, Nasturtium leaves and flowers have a peppery
flavor that can spice up salads or sandwiches. Use the flowers
to garnish steaks or casseroles, suggests Thompson &
way Dandelion — the flower I love to hate — is also edible
if it’s not soaked in pesticide. Some folks even make wine
from it. I think I’ll stick to a nice Chardonnay.