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Edible Arrangements

When I hear about edible plants I think herbs....Wrong!  I have plants in my garden that I chose for their beautiful flowers. I wouldn’t have guessed you could eat them too.

BorageBorago officinalis. Borage blue flowers with silvery-green, cucumber flavored leaves.  Beneficial insects and humans find it hard to resist. Use the petals in cold drinks or to decorate ice cubes or just top a blueberry or blackberry dessert.

Pot MarigoldsCalendula officinalis. An old-fashioned, semi-double flower in gold, peach, apricot and orange colors. Add to soups, spreads, pasta, or rice dishes for a splash of color.

Signet MarigoldsTagetes tenuifolia. Signet marigolds are compact mounding plant with dime-sized flowers. This plant doesn’t have that overwhelming marigold scent but has a light, citrusy smell. Use in salads for a lemony flavor.

Violas Viola tricolor. Sometimes called Johnny Jump-Ups, the blossoms have a wintergreen-mint flavor. This is an heirloom perennial from the olden days.

Pinks Dianthus plumarius. Another heirloom perennial, low growing, sweetly fragrant edible flowers.  A clove or nutmeg-like scented flower makes a colorful and delicious addition to salads and desserts.

Bachelor ButtonsCentuarea cyanus. Blue Boy Bachelor Buttons make a great edible garnish, a natural food dye and cut flowers.

Bon Appétit!

A good resource for garden pests is the Advice, Tips and Resources  page found in Gardening Help. It has detailed information on all the pests that might decide to visit your garden.

Debbie Kirkpatrick, Kemper Horticulture Assistant

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