Edible Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Westport, NY
Question by innthompson
April 20, 2000
Are Tuberous Begonias edible? A garderner on daytime Discovery Channel said the petals were. I'm looking for a confirmation and a list of other flowers besides daylilies, pansies, nasturiums, dianthus, and calendulas.


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Answer from NGA
April 20, 2000

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Yes, tuberous begonia flowers are edible. (Don't eat the tubers.) Also, how about Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Borage, Clover, and Hyssop? Before eating any flower, be sure you have positively identified it, and that it has not been treated with pesticides. Here are a few web sites you might enjoy:

http://campbells-nrsy.com/Hand...

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext...

You might enjoy looking through a book such as "The Edible Flower Garden" by Rosalind Creasy.

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