Or make a beautiful jar of fresh water with these yummy blooms and let the lovely flavor seep into the water for a refreshing drink that is also very colorful and incredibly pleasing to the eyes!
But make sure you follow a few tips before you plate this beauties on your dishes...
know 100% they are grown organically without any of those nasty pesticides.
Confirm that any flower you want to use in a dish is in fact edible, not all flowers are edible.
To clean edible flowers, shake each flower gently upside down to dislodge any critters hidden in the petals...not gross just nature (remember that the carrot and lettuce that you buy from the grocers at one time had critters on them) Then gently place them in a sink partially full of water and add a couple of tablespoons of distilled white vinegar, and gently agitate or swirl the flowers around with your hand to clean and then dry by remove flowers from water and place on a tea cloth (instead of the not so eco friendly paper towels), and gently roll to dry.
Honeysuckle - Sweet honey flavor.
Impatiens - Great for floating in drinks or
garnishing a salad.
Johnny-Jump-Ups - Perfect for decorating cakes and garnishing salads.
Marigolds - The flowers can be used as a substitute for saffron. If you plant these near tomatoes it will deter pests.
Martha Washington - I used these gorgeous leaves to
decorate this cake.
Nutmeg geranium - Use leaves for infusing a lovely flavor
for garnishing dishes.
Peony - The petals are beautiful for floating in cocktails or
Primrose Rose Geranium - Use leaves to infuse ice creams or custards, and use the flowers to garnish desserts, drinks or veggie side dishes
Roses - Are great for decorating cakes, floating in drinks or garnishing dishes!
Squash blossoms - Great for stuffing with ricotta cheese!
Violets - Related to Johnny-Jump-Ups, come in some amazing colors like yellow, purple, apricot, and other pastel hues.
So...be creative try something new...your friends and family will be impressed by just adding a bit of color and excitement next time you have guest over...after all flowers are not just for vases!