A handful of edible flowers sprinkled over a summer salad is a sensory experience. Tossed into a cocktail, it elevates a summer evening. On a creamy panna cotta, it is pure magic. So don’t neglect to plant flowers in your garden this year—just make sure they are edible ones! Here are some beauties to consider, which in my opinion are the best edible flowers to grow in your garden this year. What are your favorites? Share with me in the comments.

Edible Flowers to Grow

The Best Edible Flowers to Grow In Your Garden:

  • Bachelor’s Button/Cornflower
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Chive Blossoms
  • Clove Pinks
  • Dandelion
  • Day Lily
  • Dianthus
  • Elderflower
  • Garlic Flowers
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtium
  • Rose Petals
  • Squash Blossoms
  • Sunflower
  • Violas
  • Violet

Edible Flowers to Grow

These are marigolds that I love. They also are wonderful for keeping pests out of the garden.

Edible Flowers to Grow

Nasturtiums complete me. Every salad should have them if you ask me.

Edible Flowers to Grow

Oh pansies…

Edible Flowers to Grow

This is a sublime, creamy panna cotta that I made more tasty by adding rose petals, violets and the like. Maybe I’ll share the recipe one day ; ) In the meantime, you can get it in my book “Modern Pioneering,” there are autographed copies available in our online shop!

Keep gardening my friends. And tell me what your favorite edible flowers are in the comments or on social media using the hashtag #wildfood.

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Georgia Pellegrini

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.