We are blessed with a wide variety of beautiful flowers on our tropical farm. Some are edible, some are inedible due to taste or texture, and some are poisonous! Many people ask us which is which, so we will explain some of the flowers we use. Edible flowers have many uses, decorative on plates or in soups, or in salads.
Here’s a list of the flowers that we have growing:
Banana: Whilst the large red flowers of the Banana tree are not edible, they make fantastic plates or decorative items!
Basil: We usually pick the basil leaves off the bush, to encourage more leafy growth! However, you can use these in a wonder basil-flower pesto!
Borage: A fantastic flower to have growing around the farm. Borage is blue/purple in color and grows incredibly well here. It is used primarily as a medicinal herb, as a treatment for coughs, colds, and fevers. It is also apparently quite a good antidepressant.
Calendula: These magnificent orange flowers measure about 1-2” in diameter. The flowers have a variety of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, prevention of muscle spasms and stomach ulcers.
Fennel: The fennel plant is entirely edible, from the root to the flower. However, the flowers have incredible use. If you are able to collect enough of them, you can harvest the pollen. It is fragrant and considered a very rare delicacy.
Hibiscus: Hibiscus flowers can be used to decorate a plate or dish. Most commonly however they are used to make Hibiscus tea.
Moringa: These little white flowers are edible, and give off a spicy kick.
Squash/Zucchini: People are very surprised to learn that these are edible! In Italian cuisine, they are stuffed with rice and herbs and fried in oil. Delicious.