Flowers you can Eat

The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the Chinese, Greek and Romans. Many cultures use flowers in their traditional cooking–think of squash blossoms in Italian food and rose petals in Indian food. Adding flowers to your food can be a nice way to add color, flavor, and a little whimsy. Some are spicy, and some herbaceous, while others are floral and fragrant. The range is pretty surprising.
It’s not uncommon to see flower petals used in salads, teas, and as garnish for desserts, but they inspire creative uses as well–roll spicy ones (like chive blossoms) into handmade pasta dough, incorporate floral ones into homemade ice cream, pickle flower buds (like nasturtium) to make ersatz capers, use them to make a floral simple syrup for use in lemonade or cocktails. (See a recipe for Dandelion Syrup here.) I once stuffed gladiolus following a recipe for stuffed squash blossoms–a little out-there, I know, but they were great. So many possibilities…

Eating Flowers Safely

So. As lovely as eating flowers can be, it can also be a little…deadly! Not to scare you off or anything. Follow these tips for eating flowers safely.
Eat flowers you know to be consumable–if you are uncertain, consult a reference book on edible flowers and plants.
Eat flowers you have grown yourself, or know to be safe for consumption. Flowers from the florist or nursery have probably been treated with pesticide or other chemicals.

Do not eat roadside flowers or those picked in public parks. Both may have been treated with pesticide or herbicide, and roadside flowers may be polluted by car exhaust

Eat just the petals, and remove pistils and stamens before eating.

If you suffer from allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually, as they may exacerbate allergies.

To keep flowers fresh, place them on moist paper towels and refrigerate in an airtight container. Some will last up to 10 days this way. Ice water can revitalize limp flowers.


All blossoms from the allium family (leeks, chives, garlic, garlic chives) are edible and flavorful! Flavors run the gamut from delicate leek to robust garlic. Every part of these plants is edible.


Depending on the variety, flowers range from pale lavender-blue to deep rose and have a licorice-like flavor.
Anise Hyssop
Both flowers and leaves have a subtle anise or licorice flavor.


Blossoms are small with dark centers and with a peppery flavor much like the leaves. They range in color from white to yellow with dark purple streaks.
Bachelor’s Button
Grassy in flavor, the petals are edible but avoid the bitter calyx.
Blossoms come in a variety of colors, from white to pink to lavender; flavor is similar to the leaves, but milder.

Bee Balm

The red flowers have a minty flavor.


Blossoms are a lovely blue hue and taste like cucumber!

Calendula / Marigold

A great flower for eating, calendula blossoms are peppery, tangy, and spicy–and their vibrant golden color adds dash to any dish.

Carnations / Dianthus

Petals are sweet, once trimmed away from the base. The blossoms taste like their sweet, perfumed aroma.


Small and daisylike, the flowers have a sweet flavor and are often used in tea. Ragweed sufferers may be allergic to chamomile.


Delicate blossoms and flavor, which is anise-tinged.


Mildly bitter earthiness of chicory is evident in the petals and buds, which can be pickled.


A little bitter, mums come in a rainbow of colors and a range of flavors range from peppery to pungent. Use only the petals.


Like the leaves, people either love the blossoms or hate them. The flowers share the grassy flavor of the herb. Use them fresh as they lose their charm when heated.

Citrus (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat)

Citrus blossoms are sweet and highly-scented. Use frugally or they will over-perfume a dish.


Flowers are sweet with a hint of licorice.


Yellow dill flowers taste much like the herb’s leaves.

English Daisy

These aren’t the best-tasting petals–they are somewhat bitter, but they look great!


Yellow fennel flowers are eye candy with a subtle licorice flavor, much like the herb itself.


Tangy fuchsia flowers make a beautiful garnish.


Who knew? Although gladioli are bland, they can be stuffed, or their petals removed for an interesting salad garnish.


Famously used in hibiscus tea, the vibrant cranberry flavor is tart and can be used sparingly.


Bland and vegetable in flavor, hollyhock blossoms make a showy, edible garnish.


Flowers don’t have much flavor–best as a pretty garnish or for candying.


These super-fragrant blooms are used in tea; you can also use them in sweet dishes, but


Adorable and delicious, the flowers have a subtle mint flavor great for salads, pastas, fruit dishes, and drinks.


Sweet, spicy, and perfumed, the flowers are a great addition to both savory and sweet dishes.

Lemon Verbena

The diminutive off-white blossoms are redolent of lemon–and great for teas and desserts.


The blooms are pungent, but the floral citrusy aroma translates to its flavor as well.


The flowers are–surprise!–minty. Their intensity varies among varieties.


One of the most popular edible flowers, nasturtium blossoms are brilliantly colored with a sweet, floral flavor bursting with a spicy pepper finish. When the flowers go to seed, the seed pod is a marvel of sweet and spicy. You can stuff flowers, add leaves to salads, pickle buds like capers, and garnish to your heart’s content.


The flowers are a pretty, subtle version of the leaf.


The petals are somewhat nondescript, but if you eat the whole flower you get more taste.


Varying in color, radish flowers have a distinctive, peppery bite.


Remove the white, bitter base and the remaining petals have a strongly perfumed flavor perfect for floating in drinks or scattering across desserts, and for a variety of jams. All roses are edible, with flavor more pronounced in darker varieties.


Flowers taste like a milder version of the herb; nice used as a garnish on dishes that incorporate rosemary.


Blossoms have a subtle flavor similar to the leaves.

Squash and Pumpkin

Blossoms from both are wonderful vehicles for stuffing, each having a slight squash flavor. Remove stamens before using.


Petals can be eaten, the bud steamed like an artichoke.


Another famous edible flower, violets are floral, sweet, and beautiful as garnishes. Use the flowers in salads and to garnish desserts and drinks.

A compilation of these edible flowers was sought from Magazines and article clips found in print and over the internet.

I have not tried any of the edible flowers except a few such as Oregano, Basil, Jasmine and Chamomile. Do give me your reviews if you have tried any others and your experiences by replying to this blog post!

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Horti Asia 2013 Bangkok (BITEC)

Horti Asia 2013 Bangkok 9 – 11th May 2013

Horti Asia this year was held at Bangkok and was a big success. Horti Asia is an International Tradeshow for Horticultural and Floricultural production and Procession technology which displayed products and methods around the world for improvisation, innovation and growth mediums for flowers, plants, fruits and agricultural production on a whole.

The event was at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre(BITEC) and held from 9th May to 11th May 2013. Horticulture has evolved from a mere farm activity into a business. Thailand location in the tropical region and the diverse nature of horticulture in various zones continually bring potential markets.

However, while the latest technologies are developed in one part of the globe, farmers in other parts remain ignorant. Processing technologies continue to be inaccessible and importers and processors who want high volumes find no platform to contact suppliers. A need for a common platform persists. South East Asian horticulture also needs an international platform to be able to play in the global market.

ASEAN market access and development is not just about tariffs and market entry price and price competition. The industry needs to take a differentiated marketing approach to its exports to deal with its competitive threats from major competitors (that is, China, South Africa and South America) in order to sustain and increase its market share for the short, medium and long term.

Horti Asia 2012, poised to become the most massive horticulture trade show in ASEAN, will present the platform to the entire horticulture and food sector from producers to retailers, to come and connect together.

The Kingdom of Thailand, thanks to some government initiatives like Strong Thailand Project in 2010-2012 and The Royal Rachapreuk Project 2011-2012, is continuously promoting modern marketing concepts and creating competitive atmosphere in favor of Thai farmers, circumventing middlemen, to increase the income of farmers.

Global export value for floricultural products cut-flowers, cut-foliage, bulbs and plants was at US$18,314 million in 2008, more than half of which (US$9,099 million) was from the Netherlands. Cut flowers for exports consist of orchids, roses, chrysanthemum, and gerbera. Thailands exporting value for floriculture products ranked 20th in the world, and estimated at US$111 million.

Cut flowers and ornamental plants have gone from domestic commodities into export and import substitutes. However, domestic demands for cut flowers and ornamental plants remain stable as hotels and condominiums expand around the country.Orchids, Thailand’s top floriculture product, remain in-demand. While the Netherlands ranked first in the global export value of orchid flowers with US$111.7 million (48.2%), Thailand ranked second with export value of 73.3 million U$ (31.6%). Thai orchid export value in 2009 accounted for 77% of all Thai floricultural products, with its estimated value at US$79.8 million.During the past year, dendrobium contributed 94.7% to total orchid cut flowers followed by Mokara (3.1%), Aranda (0.9%), Oncidium (0.7%), Aranthera (0.5%) and Vanda (0.1%). Key products were whole stems (88%), loose blooms (8.4%) and garlands (3.5%). The biggest importers for cut orchids were Japan (29.8%), USA (21.6%), Italy (9.4%) and China (8.6%).Thailand has a good variety and good quality and there is a soaring demand overseas. These markets include Amsterdam, and the United States. Thailand is the third largest exporter of flowers to the US, after Mexico and the Netherlands.Other floriculture exporting countries in Asia are Malaysia (US$66.8 m), Singapore (US$36.3 m), India (US$141.1 m), China (US$138.6), Taiwan (US$108.5), Japan (US$67.8 m) and Republic of Korea (US$59.7 m) Amongst the highlights of the show there was a huge display of flowers and plants at the entrance which caught everyone’s attention and here are some pictures to display the same.

Flowers, Plants and Machinery from Netherlands, Thailand ruled the roost and Orchids were the highlight of the show. I would like to see where the next show would be held and whether it would be on a larger scale than this one. You can get further information on flowers and how to order flowers online.

Images of Horti Asia 2013 Bangkok 9 – 11th May 2013:

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Flower of the Month – May

Flower of the Month : May : Lily of the Valley

These are specific flowers which are traditionally given according to the month that a person is born. The May Birth Flower is the Lily of the Valley.

The History and traditions surrounding the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley is fascinating. There are many myths and legends about the origins of this tradition. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers, such as the Lily of the Valley, could be said to date back to these times. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts. The gifts included gemstone jewelry, such as the Emerald, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the May Birth Flower.

The Language of Flowers

The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The “Language of
Flowers” therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Lily of the Valley. A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.
The meaning of the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley is Sweetness and Humility
The hidden message of the Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley, so favored during the Victorian era is “You’ve Made My Life Complete”.

Colors of the Lily of the Valley

The colors of the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley, include the following: White

Birth Month Flowers – Gifts for Special Occasions

All over the World people give Birth Month Flowers as gifts to celebrate special occasions or events. Flowers, such as the Lily of the Valley, are always given to celebrate the birth of a new baby and included in wedding flowers or a wedding bouquet. Many people also like to give May Birth Flower, including the Lily of the Valley, to celebrate special events at different times and months of the year and especially during holiday periods. Knowing the flowers which are associated with the May Birth Flower and their meaning adds to the significance of the flowers. The special events where it would be appropriate to give the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley are as follows:

Month of May, the Lily of the Valley, to celebrate May Day on May 1 and Cinco de Maya on May 5

Information about the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley
Definition of the Lily of the Valley

A low-growing perennial plant having usually two large oblong lanceolate leaves and small fragrant nodding bell-shaped flowers

The scientific name of a flower species is formed by the combination of two terms: the genus name and the species descriptor in the case of the Lily of the Valley the Convallaria majalis

The January Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley is also called the May Lily

The name “Lily of the Valley” is derived from the is derived from the Latin word maius meaning ‘May’, and anthemon meaning ‘flower’ referring to the flowering time of these plants.

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You can get further information on flowers and how to order flowers online. The site’s first objective is to connect the global Non Resident Indians living outside by enabling them to Send Flowers to India on different occasions at May Flower

Mothers Day and its Importance

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March or May. It complements Father’s Day, a similar celebration honoring fathers.

Mother’s Day is an American invention. It is not directly descended from the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration. Despite this, in some countries Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.

The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in America. She then began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers, and/ or maternal figure on mother’s day.

Various observances honouring mothers existed in America during the 1870s and the 1880s, but these never had resonance beyond the local level. Jarvis never mentioned Julia Ward Howe’s attempts in the 1870s to establish a “Mother’s Day for Peace”, nor any connection to the Protestant school celebrations that included “Children’s Day” amongst others. Neither did she mention the traditional festival of Mothering Sunday, but always said that the creation was hers alone.

India and Mothers Day

The modern Mother’s Day has been assimilated into Indian culture and it is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of May. In India, mothers are considered as god to their children. Indians do not celebrate the occasion as a religious one, but do their best to thank their mothers for care and love.
Traditionally, mothers are given great importance in Indian culture. The day is celebrated mostly in urban centers, by performing special acts to honour them and their contribution to the family. It is called मातृ दिनम् (matṛ dinam) (from Sanskrit). As per Hindu tradition, mothers are paid homage to on Saraswati pooja day during Devi Navratri, with “Maatri Pooja” (worship of mother).
Someone very wisely said ‘ God could not be everywhere so He created Mothers! An apt and meaningful description for a mother. Mother’s Day 2013 date is Sunday, May 12.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the second Sunday of May, but it is also celebrated widely on other days.
Send your mother something special on this special day by viewing some of our flower collection
for the occasion and you can order flowers online through our website.
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You can get further information on flowers and how to Send Flowers to India The above article has been inspired by Wikipedia information along with some additions by us.