Edible Impatiens? - Knowledgebase Question

Walpole, MA
Question by rangan
August 23, 1998
I have lots of impatiens and geraniums (unscented) all around the house. Before they all fade away, can I make candied flowers out of them? Are the impatiens flowers edible? How about the geraniums?



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Answer from NGA
August 23, 1998

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Impatiens are not listed in any reference as being edible, so I'd just enjoy them in the garden, rather than trying to eat them. Geranium flower petals are edible, and are often added to salads just because they're attractive. Pansy's are edible, too, so why not plant some in your edible flower bed instead of impatiens?

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