Spring is in full bloom... literally! But rather than admiring flowers with your eyes and nose, why not take it to the next level: taste! Check out these scrumptious, flower-inspired recipes perfect for any season. Popular edible flowers include pansies, violets, roses, and even dandelions. So you can pick them right from your garden and use them in a yummy soup or a sweet cake.
10 Almond Rose Cupcakes
Bite into these delectable almond rose cupcakes. With just a hint of rosewater (or rose paste, depending on what you can find), each bite will fill your mouth with a wonderful rose aroma. The best part? This recipe includes a strawberry and mascarpone buttercream. Though this isn’t your typical cupcake flavour, you will be surprised by how well strawberry, almond, and rose complement each other. Insider tip: If you’re not a fan of almond cake, switch out the almond extract for some vanilla extract. Get the recipe here.
9 Spring Bouquet Popsicles
Pretty, tasty, and refreshing! These spring bouquet popsicles are filled with flowers right from your garden. Pick a few of your favourites, grab some orange blossom water, lemon juice, and a natural sweetener, then add your petals! You’ve got a simple & healthy spring snack. Get the recipe here.
8 Violet and Vanilla Bean Macarons
These violet and vanilla bean macarons are basically works of art. Now, macarons can be a bit tricky to make but if you’ve mastered them already, or are simply just a macaron-lover, then you must try this recipe! To get the violet flavour, you’ll need one of three things: violet sugar, candied violet petals, or violet liqueur. The hint of violet paired with the fresh vanilla bean buttercream is to die for. Check out the recipe here.
7 Roast Chicken with Peaches, Honey, and Lavender
All of us have probably made roast chicken a countless number of times in our life...but how many of us can say we’ve made it with lavender? Lavender is a great way to put a new spin on an old classic. Just before the chicken is ready to go into the oven, top with a mixture of fresh lavender sprigs and lavender flowers (be careful not to use too much lavender as it can be overpowering). This sweet & flowery dish is perfect for summer. Check out the recipe here.
6 Blueberry Violet Eclairs
Yet another French specialty tops this list, and once again, they are visually stunning. But looks aren’t everything – and believe me these blueberry violet eclairs taste every bit as delicious as they look! Plus, this is the perfect opportunity to try out a choux pastry if you never have before. These decadent eclairs feature a light and airy choux pastry, a violet and vanilla bean cream, and a blueberry violet glaze. Insider tip: Be sure to decorate with edible flowers such as pansies (pictured above) if you want to really impress. Get the recipe here.
5 Corn Soup with Roasted Poblanos and Zucchini Blossoms
Forgo the tacos and quesadillas for one evening, and try this Mexican corn soup instead. A mix of fresh corn, garlic, sweet and spicy poblano chilis, even spicier serrano chilis, zucchini blossoms, and of course, fresh queso! Top your hearty soup with zucchini blossoms after cooking (they not only look good, they’re tasty too!). Get the recipe here.
4 Dandelion Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, Pine Nuts, and Roasted Squash
I don’t know anyone that has a particular fondness for dandelions, however, I must admit, they are delicious when used properly in a salad. And this summer salad is one of my favourites. Just grab some dandelion greens, pomegranate seeds, and pine nuts, roast some squash of your choice, and top with a sweet and savoury pomegranate balsamic dressing and you’ve put together a healthy, unique, and scrumptious salad! Get the full recipe here.
3 Almond & Apricot Pansy Cake
Once again, I think topping any dessert with fresh edible flowers is a stunning aesthetic choice. But moving past aesthetics, this almond & apricot pansy cake uses apricot jam, fresh ground almonds, orange zest, creme fraiche, and whole pansies to create a delicate and yummy cake. Perfect for afternoon tea or brunch with your lady friends. Check out the recipe here.
2 Tomato Nasturtium Salad with Dates and Pistachios
This salad uses one of my all-time favourite edible flowers, nasturtium, and balances its flavours perfectly. From dates and pistachios to basil leaves, tomatoes, and nasturtium flowers, this salad has a lot going on, but luckily, it all complements one another perfectly. Pick some nasturtium flowers from your garden (both the flowers and the leaves) and mix them into your salad with a touch of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and orange blossom water (if you have some left over from your Spring bouquet popsicles), and there you have a delicious meal! Get the recipe here.
1 Seared Sea Scallops with Chamomile Beurre Blanc
We’ve all heard of (and probably drank) chamomile tea, but chamomile actually works well in a variety of other dishes too. This recipe features dried chamomile flowers in its beurre blanc, which serves to mellow the traditionally tangy flavour of buerre blanc. Plus, it’s really simple to make! I know it looks fancy, but the entire recipe only uses 7 ingredients. This will be a surefire way to impress your guests! Check out the full recipe here.