Archive for May 20th, 2011

Kid Friendly Edible Flower Garden

May 20, 2011

 

Spring is finally here and the gardener in all of us is just waiting to be released. 

This year why not have some fun with your garden and plant edible flowers.  A benefit of growing edible flowers is that they are safe for children.  Children will have not only fun planting an edible flower garden but it can be a great opportunity to get them outside learning about nature and then into the kitchen learning some basic cooking.  Letting kids help with simple tasks that they can achieve gives them a great sense of strength and independence. 

These flowers a great addition to you kitchen but they add lovely color to your garden.

Here is a list of easy to grow edible flowers :

1) Daisies – When we were kids we used to play “he loves me , he loves me not”, now daisies have another use besides telling your love life and adding sparkle to your table.  The petals are edible. Their lovely white color looks fabulous scattered over a salad or sprinkled on soup.  Perfect for you toddler to make a tasty flower soup!

2) Clover – clover grows wild in many fields. As children we would try sucking the sweet nectar out of the trumpet.  Today we know that the whole flower is edible and are actually a high source of protein. If you child has guinea pigs or rabbits they will love the clover also!

3) Sunflower – the seeds of the sunflower are edible but did you know that the buds and petals are also edible?  These flowers grow so high that you can measure your childs growth against the stalk of the flower.  Their taste is somewhere between bitter and sweet.

4) Roses – the rose petals are edible although the white part of the petal tends to be bitter so it is best to cut that part off.  Some ways to use rose petals are on top of decorated cakes or placed in water for ice cubes.  The red rose petals tend to be a bit tastier than the other colors.

5) Pansies – The flowers and petals are edible and so vibrantly pretty.   Use the Pansy for decorating cakes ( fairy cake?) and sprinkling on salads. 

Those are our top 5 picks of edible flowers for your garden.  Easy to plant and grow, even if eating your flowers is not for you they will make a lovely addition to you garden .