Everything you need to know about Edible Flowers

Aiming for a rustic, boho chic wedding? Or perhaps want an au-natural baby shower?

Well this latest trend will achieve that and more.

You have undoubtedly seen the rise of edible flowers on your Instagram feeds.

From the likes of Cupcake Jemma, Bee’s Bakery and Lily Vanilli. I’m sure you have had the same questions running through your minds as us. What do petals even taste like? How do I not end up poisoning myself?

Team Hen to the rescue! We’ve done our homework and unleashed our inner Alan Titchmarsh. This blog is full of floral inspiration for you and handy tips in order for you to try this modern phenomenon at home.

How to know which flowers are edible

Staying away from certain plants was initially our main concern and unless you’re a flower expert I would not chance using certain plants without consulting a reputable source.

In the UK our most trusted and available source is the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The following link states what flowers you can use from your garden and vegetable patch. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=764

It is also worth considering where you collect you flowers from.

Ideally we would recommend using ones from your OWN garden.

This way you know what chemicals/pesticides have been used on or near the flowers.

What do flowers and petals taste like?

Truthfully wild flowers don’t taste of much. Yes, plant species such as Lavender and Rose may add a subtle flavour and aroma to food, however their main purpose is to look super pretty!

Crystallising your flowers and petals not only helps preserve their beauty but also makes them taste sweet which is perfect for cake decorating.

Our fave, Cupcake Jemma has a full YouTube tutorial on DIY flower crystallising. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZrSsvVAoiE

How to use edible flowers

Predominantly crystallised flowers are used for cake decoration.

Semi-naked cakes and edible flowers go hand in hand as the perfect showstopper on your big day.

Stunning edible flower naked wedding cake from http://www.theorganicweddingcakecompany.com  

You can also freeze your edible flowers in the most beautiful ways…

Brighten up your beverages with flower infused ice cubes!

A simple touch of class, perfect for a baby or bridal shower.

Additionally, for a spring or summer celebration you could make floral infused ice lollies.

They are relatively low cost and easy to make, and will inevitably go down a storm with children at your event!

How to grow wild edible flowers

Has this blog inspired you? If you don’t have suitable flowers in your garden, there is no need to be put off! Visit https://www.growwilduk.com  for tips and videos on how to establish you own wild flower garden.

See our Pinterest Board on all things Edible Flowers for more inspiration! >>

 

 

Photo Credits:

  • http://beesbakery.co.uk/wedding-cake-weddingcake-flowercake-birthdaycake-birthday-londonwedding/#!
  • https://www.rachelhudsoncakes.co.uk/botanical?lightbox=dataItem-iuwuxqw7
  • https://futuremrsplanner.com/diy-floral-ice-cubes/
  • http://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog/2012/05/cooling-lollies-ice-cream-popsicles-and-snow-cones-for-a-hot-summer-wedding/