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The Flowering Beauties Add Taste and Color to Life

 For those of us with a passion for sweet scents and bright colors, vases or gardens filled with flowers are a prominent display in our homes. With petals that furl and unfurl, glowing and glistening under the beams of the sun, tulips, roses and other chromatic clusters make the whole world ever so luminescent. To add to the incredibility of the many floral fixtures of nature, there are some flowers that mix their flowery fragrance with some truly surprising tastes and tangs.

Edible flowers aren’t a frequent occurrence in grocery stores, but some common vegetables like asparagus and cabbage technically also fall under this category. However, they are not alone. Aside from the better-known blooms like fennel and rosemary that often find their way into our dinner, there is a wide variety of absolutely beautiful flowers that also pack a punch in terms of flavor, from sweet to spicy! Care to have your day deliciously dazzled? Take a look at this gorgeously yummy flowers. 

 

1. Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), a sweet plant native to Europe and naturalized across the world 

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

(By Ivar Leidus, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

2. Crimson Beebalm (Monarda didyma), a minty plant native to North America 

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Crimson/Scarlet Beebalm (Monarda didyma)

(By Joe Schneid, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

3. Borage (Borago officinalis), also known as starflower, is an anise-flavored flowering herb native to the Mediterranean 

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Borage (Borago officinalis)

(By Hans Bernhard (Schnobby), Wikimedia Commons)  

 

4. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus), a bitter flower also native to the Mediterranean   

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

(By Lazaregagnidze, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

5. Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), also known as bachelor’s button, is an endangered flower native to Europe commonly used to add color to salads

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)

(By Thayne Tuason, Wikimedia Commons)

 

6. Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus), a sweet clove native to Asia and Europe

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)

(Flickr)  

 

7. Golden Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia), a spicy flower found across Mexico, Central and South America

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Golden Marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia)

(By Krzysztof Golik, Wikimedia Commons)  

8. Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), also known as the Hawaiian Hibiscus is a cranberry-flavored flower cultivated in various tropical and sub-tropical areas

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

(By Andy / Andrew Fogg, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

9. Wild pansy (Viola Tricolor), sometimes called Heart’s Ease is a wintergreen flavored flower native to Europe 

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Wild pansy (Viola Tricolor)

(By GuidoB, Wikimedia Commons)

 

10. French Marigold (Tagetes patula), a bitter flower native to Mexico and Guatemala

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, French Marigold (Tagetes patula)

(By Muhammad Mahdi Karim, Wikimedia Commons)

 

11. The Sweet Violet (Viola odorata), also known as Garden Violet, has a sweet taste and smell, and is native to Europe and Asia, and naturalized in Australia and North America

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)

(By Strobilomyces, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

12. Indian Cress (Tropaeolum majus), also known as Monks Cress, is a peppery and spicy flower native to the Andes

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Indian Cress (Tropaeolum majus)

(By Mary Hutchison, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

13. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis), a watery edible flower native to India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and South East Asia  

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis)

(By Paul Hermans, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

14. Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) is also known as Tangerine Sage. It's native to Mexico and Guatemala and has a sweet fruity taste 

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)

(By Eric Hunt, Wikimedia Commons

 

15. Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarnata), also called Passion Vine, is a flower native to the United States 

Flowers from around the world that are both edible and beautiful, Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarnata)

(By PumpkinSky, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

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