Nature's garden of eat'n offers up an array of edible flowers! Many such flowers can be found at a local farmers' market or even your big-box grocer. Just as you would experiment with spices, flowers can add just a bit of flavor to take a dish in a different direction. Like a Paella without saffron - which comes from a flower -  is just a rice by another name. Edible flowers can be incorporated into just about any dish, like Lavender Icecream or Pandan Bread, as long as you're up to the task of invention. Here are a few flower power recipes to get your wheels turning:

Squash Blossom Risotto (from My Morning Chocolate)Squash Blossom Risotto

Squash Blossom Quesadilla (from Homesick Texan)Squash Blossom Quesadilla

Microleave & Edible Flower Salad (from My Cooking Hut)Microleave & Edible Flower Salad

Chamomile - An edible flower from the daisy family. This flower is most recognizable dried and used in herbal tea. Chamomile's wild varietal, known as wild chamomile or pineapple weed, is also edible.

Poppyseed Lemon Chamomile Tea-Bread (from The Lunchbox Bunch)Poppyseed Lemon Chamomile Tea-Bread

  Elderflower - This flower is commonly used to treat flu and colds, and the heads of the flower can be deep-fried, made into cordials and summer drinks, and used to flavor jams.

Elderflower Syrup (from Berry Lovely)Elderflower Syrup

Hibiscus - This flower is native to many warm-temperate and tropical regions. Hibiscus is versatile - used in cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as savory and sweet dishes.

Cauliflower Hibiscus Salad (from Cafe Liz)Cauliflower Hibiscus Salad

Nasturtium - This flower, as well as its seeds, can be eaten in a variety preparations. Often, nasturtium seeds are pickled (the taste of which is likened to pickled capers).

Nasturtium and Lemon Butter Salmon (from Sunday Hotpants)Nasturtium and Lemon Butter Salmon

Edible Flower Ice Cubes (from Pitchfork Diaries)Edible Flower Ice Cubes

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