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Beauty and the Feast:
Edible Flowers

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In addition to knowing which flowers are edible, it's equally important to know how the flowers were grown and whether they were chemically treated. For this reason, it's best not to eat flowers from florists, nurseries or garden centers. So where can you get edible flowers? Your own garden would be the most reliable source. Burpee Seeds offers a wide variety of flowers to help you start your own edible garden.

Flowers make a great addition to soups, salads, and other dishes. I found an interesting article on Purdue's Yard & Garden News site that covered different ways to add edible flowers to your cooking. Also, the Garden Forum on CompuServe has a file (EDIBLE.TXT) which describes various flowers and tips on how to use them.

Flowers not only make a wonderful garnish, but they also serve to add color and texture to foods, making them both a feast for the eyes and for the palate. So, go out and enjoy the bounty of your spring garden!

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• As a food, flowers are highly perishable, so be sure to use them within a few hours of picking.

• Only eat organically grown flowers or those treated with organic pesticides (such as the ones used on fruits and vegetables)

• Never eat flowers picked from the side of the road as they may contain harmful toxins from exhaust fumes.

• Remove pistils and stamens before eating.

• Carefully inspect flowers for disease or insect damage.

• Clean thoroughly in warm water and dip in ice water to restore their shape and crispness.

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