Melanie's Blog

Edible flowers and more!

Hello again everyone,

I have refrained in past to speak much of organic vegetable gardening as all the other bloggers on this site are speaking of such, but today I will give you some insite into the edibles that we grow here in our small urban space.

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Daylilies are a wonderful tastey treat! They can be added to salads,  stir frys or just eaten on thier own.

 

 Thumbnail image for daylily opening.jpg   Oddly enough, I find the more frangrant the flower, the better the taste.

 

 Thumbnail image for daylily buds.jpg  The flowers taste best if picked the day before they would open. I like to eat the part that attaches to the stem first; this part tastes a bit like cucumber. Try it and let me know your thoughts!

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Nasturtium are another edible flower, that also acts as a "trap plant" for most veg garden pests will feast on it on not your precious bounty. I always use when growing vegetables and the flowers are so plentiful, there are usually enough for the pests as well as me.

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Both the leaves and flowers of Nasturtium have a peppery flavor great for salads. I really like them in salads that have dried berries and nuts as well.

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Mant people do not realize, but the berries of the Serviceberry are edible! They are a bit tarte but tastey. I feel every yard has a place for the small statured Serviceberry tree. Beautiful white blooms in spring, edible fruit, and scarlet foliage in fall; and it's native. What's not to love!

 

 Thumbnail image for squash flower.jpg  Squash flowers are also edible...but you'll have to give up the squash that would follow...mind you, pinch off a few flowers and you will get larger squash of the ones that remain! Again, great in salads.

 

 Thumbnail image for clover.jpg  Even the petals of the humble clover that fills our very small patch of lawn is edible. As well, see the nice, clean cut our reel mower makes on the blade of grass beside! Other edibles common to many peoples yards that I don't have good photos of are Pansies(dipped in egg white and powdered sugar; great for cake/dessert decorating) and the berries of the Elder tree(more like a large shrub).

We are also growing tomatoes, many herbs, 2 varietis of beans, plus we have 2 peach and 2 plum trees. As I spoke in my opening blogg, you can fit many trees, natives, and edibles in a small urban lot: and have it all look fantastic. It is redundant to me to explain why I garden organically, as I feel all you people that read this feel the same, BUT,  I really want to show you that it is easy, rewarding, soul-fulfiling and beautiful as well.

Comments (6)

Hi Linda,
Another that I didn't mention that is edible is the base of Cat tail! if you take the stalk close to the base and peel back the hard layers, the inner tastes likes cucumber(again the cucumber.) The sumac's red berries are edible too, but watch out for the bugs. They are kind of hairy in texture, but taste sweet. They make a great tea.
Thanks for joining the conversation.

Melanie replied to Linda Z | July 15, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Hi Sylvia,
I use a Nikon D50, and I just got a great new lense. Other than designing, photography is the only artform that I consistantly have time for! Don't you like the clover? I love that even though we've had very little rain over the past 2-3 weeks, our lawn is still green because of the clover. Let me know what you think of the daylily taste! And thanks for you kind words.

Melanie replied to Sylvia | July 15, 2009 at 7:23 PM

I knew about daylilies being edible but not all the other edible flowers! Thanks for the tips. Very informative.

Linda Z | July 15, 2009 at 3:59 AM

We have loads of day lilies, I will have to sample some. Your pictures are beautiful. What kind of camera do you have?
Please feel free to come on over and eat all our clover! :)

Sylvia | July 14, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Thanks so much! And also, thanks for reading.

Melanie replied to Sharyn Paul | July 14, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Very informative Melanie, I always forget about the edible flowers. Your pictures are amazing as well.

Sharyn Paul | July 13, 2009 at 12:23 PM
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