Edible Flowers for Garnishing Food

Fruit and Flower Garnishes

Fruit and Flower Garnishes

You can use edible flowers to create beautiful garnishes for your food!

It’s fun to use edible flowers to garnish your food.  My gardens are in full bloom right now with every color imaginable!  I have dwarf zinnias in reds, yellows, pinks and white.  Purple coneflowers ( otherwise known as Echinacea ) , white coneflowers (as shown above), lime green coneflowers, pineapple lilies,  shasta daisies, roses, nasturtiums, geraniums, impatiens, lavender, snapdragons and more!  As much as I enjoy my flowers outside, it’s fun to bring them indoors too!  I make cut fresh flower bouquets for my kitchen so I’m always enjoying the beautiful colors and scents.  

It is so simple to use fresh cut flowers to add some pizzazz to your food too!  Garnishing food only takes a few seconds and the results are spectacular!  Here is a simple garnish I made for my Crockpot Orange Chicken recipe.

Garnished Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe

Garnished Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe

 Now I am using the term “Edible Flowers” only because you should make certain that the flowers you use are edible, even if you only use them as a garnish.  I have never eaten a flower but I may eventually try some in a salad.   I’ll give you several suggestions for flowers that are safe but you can also check out this Edible Flower List. The other important advise to to make certain that the flowers you use have not been sprayed with any pesticides or chemically treated.  The safest flowers are the ones from your garden because you can be certain that they have not been sprayed with anything that would not be food safe.  You should never use flowers from a florist for garnishing your food – no matter how beautiful they are.  

Here are some edible flower tips

  • Use flowers you know are safe
  • Use flowers you have grown yourself
  • Never use roadside flowers or flowers from a flower shop or nursery
  • You can keep your cut flowers fresh by placing the stems in a moist paper towel and refrigerating in a sealed container.  They can last up to 10 days when stored this way. 
  • The best time to cut your flowers is early to mid-morning or early evening.  Remove the stamen and pistil.
  • Clean the flowers by shaking them to remove insects and bits of dirt.  Gently wash each flower with a soft spray of water and then arrange on paper towels to air dry.

Edible Flowers

  1. Dandelion – delicious in salads.  They have a sweet flavor, like honey
  2. Carnation – great for salads or as a garnish
  3. Petunias
  4. Chive blossoms
  5. Lavender
  6. Pansies – beautiful in salads
  7. Rose petals
  8. Violets
  9. Hibiscus
  10. Geranium leaves
  11. Dianthus
  12. Impatiens
  13. Nasturtiums
  14. Sage blossoms
  15. Snapdragons
  16. Violets
  17. Bee Balm
  18. Borage
  19. Chamomile
  20. Chrysanthemum petals

This in only a partial list but you can see how easy it is to bring the beauty of your garden to your table.  

Remember, let’s Make Life Special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!

Learn How to Make a Citrus Topiary Garnish!

Citrus Topiary

Easy Fruit Garnish Idea!

You can WOW your family and friends by learning how to garnish your prepared food dishes or drinks.  Surprisingly, garnishes are very easy to make and only take a few minutes of your time.  Garnishes “Make Life Special”  by adding that extra touch to your meals. You can create garnishes with fruits or vegetables and there are a lot of great tutorials on YouTube that show you step by step how to do it.  Most garnishes can be made with a simple paring knife so you don’t have to have expensive tools to be creative in the kitchen.

Here is my easy Citrus Topiary  Garnish shown with my Shish Kabobs…..

Grilled Shish Kabobs

It’s SO EASY to make and it really adds spark to the food presentation!  

Here is how to make the Citrus Topiary Garnish:

You will need:

  • one orange
  • one lemon
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 9 toothpicks
  • curly parsley
  • a decoration to add to the top ( I used a brass wine opener )

Start by cutting the orange in half.  Cut the bottom off of the lemon so it will set flat and cut a slice off of the top of the lemon.

Citrus Topiary with Orange and Lemon

Insert 3 toothpicks into one half of the orange.  Use kitchen scissors to cut around the top half of the lemon to separate the lemon pulp from the rind.  Cut “V’s” all around the top of the lemon as shown – using your kitchen scissors.  Remove the top half of the lemon pulp.

Lemon Flower

Place the lemon flower on the orange half base.

Add Lemon Flower to Base 1

Add Lemon Flower to Base 2

Add parsley to the lemon flower.

Add Parsley to Citrus Topiary


Insert a decoration into the top of the lemon flower.  I used a brass wine opener.  You can really get creative here !

Add Decorative Topper

Secure a toothpick into each cherry tomato and add them around the top edge of the lemon flower.

Adding Tomatoes to Citrus Topiary

This is an easy garnish that will take your food presentation to the next level.  It’s easy and quick to make.

Remember, “Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!”




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