The incredible edible flower. That’s right, SOME flowers are edible (Do your research! Some flowers are poisonous!!) Always make sure they are from a reliable source (I got mine in a package from Whole Foods by the fresh herb section) and eat ONLY the petals. Never eat flowers from a nursery, florist or roadside; many of these are treated with pesticides, herbicides and are laden with car exhaust fumes.
Petals can add a variety of flavor to water, salads, soups, teas, and desserts. They contain many vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and anti-inflammatory properties; can also have relaxing effects on emotional well-being, reducing anxiety, calming stress, and soothing the nervous system.
Violets contain rutin, a phytochemical with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help strengthen capillary walls
Rose petals contain bioflavonoids and antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, B3, C and E
Nasturtiums contain cancer-fighting lycopene and lutein, a carotenoid found in vegetables and fruits that is important for vision health
Lavender contains vitamin A, calcium and iron, and is said to benefit your central nervous system
Chive blossoms (the purple flower of the chive herb) contain vitamin C, iron and sulfur, and have traditionally been used to help support healthy blood pressure levels
Introduce them sparingly at first to avoid any potential digestive upset or allergic reactions. If you have allergies to pollen, I would avoid eating.
Always take caution with your health, research and consult with your physician before starting anything new.
All my best.