6 edible flowers you can grow

PUBLISHED: 13:03 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:03 08 May 2017

These edible flowers make a great salad (africa-studio.com, Olga Yastremska and Leonid Yastremskiy)

These edible flowers make a great salad (africa-studio.com, Olga Yastremska and Leonid Yastremskiy)

africa-studio.com (Olga Yastremska and Leonid Yastremskiy)

Using edible flowers in the kitchen has become very popular in the last couple of years and is a great way of linking home and garden. Buying these flowers is expensive and difficult but they can be easily grown by even the most amateur gardener

NasturtiumNasturtium

Nasturtium

Both the leaves and flowers of these easy to grow beauties are edible. Flowers add a vibrancy to summer salads, sandwiches or chilled soups and have a delicious peppery taste. Simply plant as seed or buy as young plants. They will romp away.

CalendulaCalendula

Calendula

The common name Pot Marigold refers to this flower’s use in medieval pottage dishes. The petals make a colourful addition to salads, soup, scrambled eggs and dips. Incredibly easy to grow from seed or bought as young plants.

Pimm's with boragePimm's with borage

Borage

The blue starflowers of borage have a delicate cucumber flavour and are perfect to enliven chilled summer drinks such as Pimm’s with mint leaves. Try freezing the flowers in ice cubes for adding to drinks.

Viola 'Heartsease'Viola 'Heartsease'

Viola ‘Heartsease’

These beautiful little violas are lovely in ice cubes, salads and as visual garnishes. Charming and easy to grow in pots alongside herbs.

ChivesChives

Chives

The flowers of this easy to grow herb are perfect for adding colour and onion flavour to liven up simple salads. The leaves are equally delicious.

LavenderLavender

Lavender

Loved by bees and famed for their beauty and aromatic qualities, lavender is a must-have plant for a sunny well drained position.

A great way of using lavender in the kitchen is to make lavender sugar. Take one tablespoon of fresh dry lavender and add two cups of sugar. Leave to infuse for a week in a sealed jar. Lavender sugar gives a lovely floral taste to cakes.

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Knockholt TN14 7NN

rushmorehill@coolings.co.uk

01959 532269

Open: Mon-Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sun 9am-4.30pm

www.coolings.co.uk

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