Garnishing with Edible Flowers

and Brie with Honey

Edible flowers add eye catching color and intriguing flavor. Spring and early summer is the perfect time to add edible flowers to dishes. Like herbs, the more fragrant an edible flower is, the more flavor it will have. Garnishing with Edible Flowers and Brie with Honey are both great ways to experience edible flowers. Many edible flowers are perennial making them economical and easy to grow.  

The best way to have a steady supply of edible flowers  is to grow them yourself.  You can then grow flowers that are chemical and pesticide-free. If you don’t garden, look for edible flowers in the produce section of your supermarket or health food stores. Talk to your florist and ask if the flowers they sell are treated.  

Recipe Note:

Want to make the Mini Lemon Flower Tarts shown in the pictures? Find the recipe here: Mini Lemon Flower Tarts

Flowers look beautiful as a garnish on your plate but what do they taste like?

Here is a short list of common edible flowers and what flavor(s) they have..

1. Chive blossoms (onion)
2. Daylily (sweet, nutty)
3. Dianthus (spicy)
4. Lavender (mild)
5. Nasturtium (peppery)
6. Pansy (slightly spicy)
7. Rose (slightly sweet)
8. Squash Blossoms (sweet)
9. Viola, Violet (sweet, spicy)
10. Geranium (depending on variety,
(apple, lemon, mint, nutmeg, and rose)
11. Apple Blossom (delicate, floral)
12. Pear Blossom (delicate, floral)
13. Peach Blossom (delicate, floral)
14. Squash Blossom (sweet, nectar)
15. Bee Balm (in tea, like Earl Grey)
16. Marigold (spicy)
17. Johnny Jump-Ups (mild wintergreen)
18. Hollyhock (bland)
19. Impatiens (bland)
20. Peony (sweet, floral)
21. Carnations (spicy, peppery)
22. Honeysuckle (sweet)
23. Chrysanthemums (pungent, bitter) 
24. Calendulas (economic alternative to Saffron, but not as pungent)

Brie with Honey



  • 1 wheel
    brie cheese
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons
  • edible flowers
    of your choice
  • assorted

Cooking Directions

  1. Cut brie cheese into wedges.
  2. Remove outer rind, if desired.
  3. Drizzle wedges of brie cheese with honey.
  4. Top with edible flowers.
  5. Serve with assorted crackers.