Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com.
Today we have another exciting episode for you coming at you from my beautiful backyard
garden on a beautiful spring day. Summer’s almost here, hopefully you guys got your gardens
planned out yet. My garden’s been plan out for a little bit, but I’ve still got some
areas to plant out in my garden. But today I want to make a video for you guys
on a subject that’s actually not often talked about enough in my opinion in gardening is
eating your flowers. Yes eating, not just like standard edible flowers like I got over
there, I got some marigold and I got some pansy and some nasturtium, but eating the
flowers of the fruits and vegetables and even herbs you guys are growing. So what I thought
I’d do in this episode is actually go around my yard and share with you guys some of the
flowers that I like to eat in my garden at this time of year.
Now, I do want to let you guys know that I want to encourage you guys to, besides just
eating the fruits and the vegetables and eating the herbs, enjoying the herbs that you guys
are growing to also eat their flowers. The flowers are more nutritious than the vegetable
in many cases, the flowers may contain vitamins like vitamin A, C and E, also things like
beta carotene, anthocyanins, they also have special plant phytonutrients that may not
be in the vegetables such as the special pigments or the colors in the flowers.
In addition many flowers also come with pollen when you eat them. This is what the bees would
collect, so we would eat bee pollen, it’s not really bee pollen, bee collected the pollen,
but it’s really plant pollen. We can get this own pollen if we harvest the flowers ourselves.
For this reason I’m making this video so you guys can know which ones you guys could eat
and which one you guys should eat and hopefully more of the world start eating some of the
edible flowers. Now that being said, if just stop at shop,
if you shop at the store, the farmers market, or the grocery store, health food store you’ll
probably never find these flowers, it’s only for those of you guys that are growing food
you will have these flowers and sometimes even curse oh man the plant with flower, it
don’t got the stuff anymore. Well guess what, now you got the flowers, enjoy it and after
you have the flowers for a little bit guess what, the plant’s going to make seeds so collect
and save your seeds like before the birds get them so you can plant and regrow them
for the following year. In any case, let’s go ahead and go around
my garden and I’m going to share with you guys and eat some of the edible flowers this
time of year. So the first edible flower I’d like share with you guys is actually right
here. This is planted amongst my peppers, but in between the peppers I planted radishes,
some of them have actually have gone to flower since I’ve been traveling and not being able
to keep up with all the radishes that have been harvested. Be sure to check my past episodes,
I have a video on how I preserve my radishes and I make a lactic acid, fermented acid,
pickled radishes. I had some today, they are delicious.
Anyways, when your radish gets more mature and old this could happen very fast within
45 days, maybe 60 days. They make these little beautiful flowers so these, the flowers on
most of them are white, these ones are actually like, if you look at that like a yellow-purple.
I don’t know if you guys can see that in the camera, it’s like, I’m sorry white and purple.
But the petals are edible as is the center, the little yellow part, and that’s where the
pollen is, you just eat the whole thing. Now, the funny thing is the flowers in most
cases taste like the food crop that you’re growing, but a lot more mellow and sometimes
sweet and sometimes more fragrant and aromatic or spicy. So you never know what you’re going
to get, so I really enjoy picking my flowers and eating them, but more importantly going
around and like harvesting a bunch of flowers just to add to the top of my salads, to not
only make them look prettier but also make them more nutritious. Anyways, next let’s
go into the back of my garden and show you guys a fruit flower that I’m eating next.
So next I want to share with you guys another flower that you guys may be growing if you
guys have citrus trees. These are my kumquat trees right here, you guys could see if you
look close that I got kumquats on them. They’re starting to ripen up, but the plant is also
going through it’s bud and flower stage again. I really love these guys, they’re really productive.
Anyways, here is a little, oops I’m losing the leaves, all the petals are falling off.
This was a kumquat flower, oh my god that’s insane. Let’s see if I can find another one,
like the petals dropped off before I could eat them. I think that was like the only one
that was open. Anyways you can eat the petals and the middle and everything, I just got
the middle because the petals dropped off before I got it in my mouth, they’re quite
fragile. But man that actually tasted like a kumquat.
So yes, citrus flowers also edible. If you did have apple trees the flowers on the apples
as well as things like the pears, they’re also edible too. That being said, for every
flower you pluck on one of these guys you may be giving up a fruit, but in the case
of me where I have so many flowers it’s probably going to be alright just picking a few flowers
because I’m sure I’ll have really good fruits there anyways. Oh, one of my favorite of flowers
of fruits to eat are the pineapple guavas, so I just don’t pick the whole flower, I just
pick the petals, they are quite delicious. So the next edible flower you guys could eat
is actually right here, it’s these little yellow flowers right here and these yellow
flowers are actually from my collard greens and we’ll eat that. I mean, to me they taste
like collard greens but way more mild. So this is especially important to get your kids
to eat the flowers of the greens you want them to eat because it gives them a little
sampling, a little trial of what it’s going to taste like at full strength.
Of course kids, they’re going to love to eat the flowers. I love the flowers so much! Normally
as gardeners you want to clip this off so it tries to make more leaves and maybe I’ll
do that tomorrow. But yeah, the flowers of anything like collard greens, kale, broccoli,
cabbage, all the cruciferous family plants they’re all edible, so enjoy.
So the next edible flower I’m going to share with you guys today is right here, it’s a
little dandelion that just sprouted on it’s own right here and this is not quite a full
dandelion flower that’s opened up yet, but the dandelion even though it is a weed, but
you don’t smoke this weed, you eat it! You could eat the root, you could eat the leaves,
you could eat the stems, and of course you could eat the flowers whether they’re open
or not. I personally just like to just pull out the nice little petals in here and they’re
nice and orange, I mean yellow, and eat them. Now dandelion flowers they’re not necessarily
the best flowers to eat, I suppose they kind of taste like the dandelions which actually
post people don’t like so much. But dandelions they are a bitter green, very important for
you guys especially for those of you guys that drink or maybe drink too much soda. They
could do, both those could do numbers on your liver and dandelions can help you detox your
liver. That’s definitely a good thing. Anyways, let’s flip the camera around, show you guys
the next fruit flower you guys could eat. So the next flower you guys could eat is right
here sitting on my trellis, there’s one right here and also there’s one over here. Now,
I don’t normally do this but I’m doing one for you guys for the video today. These are
cucumber flowers and what I’m going to do is I’m going to go ahead and pluck this cucumber
flower off and check it out, this is a nice huge cucumber flower. Let’s see if it’ll even
fit right behind my ear, I don’t know is it in there? Hi this is John Kohler with Growing
Your Greens, oh wait, alright getting distracted. Alright, so anyways a cucumber flower totally
edible, totally delicious, it’s rare that I eat them, but bottoms up! That’s quite delicious,
kind of reminds you of eating borage leaves or borage flowers. Tastes mildly like a cucumber,
not quite as watery as a cucumber but good nonetheless. But yes, yet another flower you
guys could eat. I want you guys to have fun and play in the garden and especially play
with the flowers. That’s alright for you guys too.
Here’s more of an uncommon flower that I have been eating for a while now. I don’t eat these
in any quantity but just one here and there. I really like this flower for it’s really
dark, rich pigments, right. This flower is actually off my canna edulis, or achira which
makes an edible tuberous root you guys could eat either raw or cooked. Let’s see here we’re
going to try and pick off a nice flower right here. Oop, I’m seeing a lot of bugs on my
flowers here so we’re going to have to blow them off, I don’t want to eat no bugs.
Alright, there’s one nice flower off my edible canna. Oop! I blew the flower away! Alright,
now that I’ve blown it all off, we’re going to go ahead and eat. This flower’s kind of
fibrous, not like a super good flavor, probably tastes like the tuber down and just kind of
like neutral but pretty fibrous, it’s a flower you could eat. I probably wouldn’t eat a ton
of them, but they’re edible nonetheless. It’d probably be good to add a few to a salad amongst
all the other flowers you guys are harvesting for your salads now that you know which ones
you can eat. So the next flower is a flower I know you
guys could eat. It’s right here, basically this is my purple broccoli that I grew. It
actually made the broccoli flower which was unopened then you buy it and you eat it, that’s
what broccoli is. I also encourage you guys to eat your broccoli leaves. But then after
it makes the broccoli head that we’re all used to and know and love, the little head
will actually open up wide and it’ll start to make these little flowers here. So let’s
see if I can find one that’s in halfway decent shape. Here’s one of the broccoli flowers,
just a little wee delicate yellow white thing. Down the hatch. This one tastes like broccoli
believe it or not. Not a lot of food, but cool nonetheless. Once again all the cruciferous
family vegetables you could eat their flowers. So the next flower you guys could eat is a
two-for. I grew like three different varieties of arugula in this bed next door here and
we got a wild arugula, well like over here, then over inside we actually had some standard
arugula and then over here we actually were growing the wasabi arugula that actually I
let to go to a flower and set seed, so I got all the seed sacks or the seed packs or whatever
I got to collect the seeds from, they’re actually quite small.
But we got the flowers of the arugula, they’re some of my favorite flowers of the whole brassica
family of plants. Here’s one right here. This is your standard arugula flower, see how that
looks, like it’s white and it has like these little veins. Then let’s see here, they’re
not quite open but here’s one of a more wild arugula. It’s like small and yellow, so see
the difference? We’re going to go ahead and eat the white
flower. I love the white arugula flowers, it reminds me of like a barbecue or like a
smoke type flavor. Now for the smaller, yellow wild arugula. That has a little bit of faint
sweetness to it. So it’s a big contrast to the standard arugula white flowers. They’re
both delicious nonetheless. So the next flower that I’m going to be eating
is right over here. This guy basically makes like, one plant makes like a ton of little
flowers so what I like to do is harvest the whole top here and I’ll pull up all little
flowers and basically just chop them up and put them into my super salads. These guys
are actually onion flowers from a standard onion bulb. Whether it’s coming from an onion
bulb, a leek, scallions or even the garlic, all the allium family of flowers including
society garlic, which they’re actually they’re really cool, used as an ornamental purple
flowers are all edible. I really like the flowers, the onion flowers.
You could eat them, they have like a faint sweetness but also that onion or garlic punch.
If you guys are a chef you guys should totally be using the bolting flowers in your creations
to wow the people that are eating your food. They’re amazing, they add for such a small
thing they add really a nice punch of flavor in your mouth.
So the next flower you guys could eat is right here next to me. You guys could eat the basil
flowers. Yes, even if your basil’s going to flower you could pinch these guys off and
eat them. Now these guys are just like the buds are not quite open in flowers, so I’m
kind of cheating a little bit, but pretend these are flowers, you could totally eat them
and you could totally eat the buds. They kind of taste like basil, they’re a lot
stronger so if you’re using this in recipes like don’t use as much because you’ll be overpowered
with the flower. What I like to do, I just like to come and basically top off my plants
when I’m preparing food and use all the tops and let the plant make more leaves, so this
will keep my basil productive for longer instead of going and setting flowers sooner. Yeah
I would use this in a recipe, but today we’re just going to mouth it. I love basil, I think
I’ll have some pesto for dinner. So the next edible flowers you guys could
eat are from herbs. Or in this case an herb. These are cilantro flowers so they smell really
delicious and they look really cool. They remind me of baby’s breath, so you’re putting
like a floral bouquet, making an edible floral bouquet for your sweetie, hey use some cilantro
flowers, looks like baby’s breath, they look really cool and they’re just like white little
bunches of flowers and we just eat the whole thing.
You get a little bit of pollen, you get a little bit of cilantro flavor, it’s really
good. I think one of the things I’m going to try to do is make a cilantro flower guacamole,
so instead of using cilantro because it’s all pretty much bolted and I have these small
leaves I’m just going to use a bunch of flowers. I think it might work but I don’t think I
want to use too many because once again these ones a bit mild but has a little bit different
texture, a little bit grainy texture actually. Anyways, let’s go ahead and move to the next
flower you guys can also eat and it may surprise you.
So the next flower you guys could eat are sunflowers. Yes, if you go around the edges
you could just pick off these little petals on it and it won’t affect the seed production
and that’s why I’m growing these sunflowers, not only for the beauty for the seeds, but
also for the petals nice and richly pigmented and after we blow off the bugs, I’m going
to eat. Once again like the achira flowers it’s pretty fibrous but nonetheless they got
some good color to them. That’s why I’m eating them, for the nutrition baby.
So the next edible flowers are probably one of my favorites in the whole garden, it’s
actually right here because look at it, if you guys could see that too good. But this
is actually the bronze fennel. You could eat the little flower buds, look like this. Actually
on frou-frou restaurants and chefs they’ll take actually fennel pollen, you can buy fennel
pollen. Why not eat the flowers to get the pollen and all that other deliciousness of
the flower. Just eat that off. Upon initial chew you get a release of that
licorice flavor. I used to love the black licorice when I was a kid. I won’t eat that
stuff anymore because it’s full of like all kind of chemicals and artificial sugars and
whatnot. But this stuff is sweet, tastes like licorice and is super delicious. It’s great
to add to salads, eat fresh to freshen your breath to freshen your breath before a hot
date or night out with your girlfriend or husband or wife or boyfriend. Yeah, super
delicious. Next edible flower I’m going to share with
you guys is right here. As you guys can see I got massive amounts of flowers right here.
This is my flat leaf parsley that went to flower. I think this was like one plant. My
plants are quite happy here and they make lots of flowers. Let’s see here, we’re going
to go ahead and pick this guy. Here’s what it looks right here and we’re just going to
go ahead and eat it. Right when you set it in your mouth you can
taste the pollen, it has a sweet flavor and then you got like that strong parsley flavor
and it’s especially strong if you’re not used to eating the parsley, like normally when
I’d eat parsley as a garnish like on my plate when I go out to dinner, it kind of tastes
like that but like maybe four times more stronger. Nowadays I’ll just actually add parsley to
my salads and I love it. But nonetheless this is still a bit stronger. Next let’s go ahead
to another parsley relative that has a much more mild flavor.
So the parsley relative with the more mild flavor is right here. It’s celery! Hey, celery
does that rhyme with parsley? Not quite. But anyways, the celery flower’s right here, once
again these flowers are also edible. They’re like small and dainty. These ones I like a
little bit more, nonetheless they have like a grainy texture to them. They’re much more
milder than the parsley but you can still taste the parsley overtones. These are not
necessarily, the parsley and celery are not necessarily my first choice to add to salads,
they’re not quite as cool as the brassica, but nonetheless they’re edible and I encourage
you guys to take advantage of them when they’re flowering in your garden.
So the next edible flower that you guys could eat only comes around one time a year, it’s
in the spring time and it’s right here for me anyways. This is the sage flowers. The
hummingbirds like this, the hummingbird’s moths like this, and John Kohler likes this
as well. So we’re just going to go here and pluck a flower out and that’s what they look
like right there. Other sages are also edible, I like the pineapple sage.
What I like to do is go down to the right end tip and just pinch off and suck. If you’re
lucky you’re going to get a little bit of that nectar that the hummingbirds go for.
It’s actually quite sweet and actually quite delicious. Then after you’re done with the
nectar you’ve got the little purple flower that you could eat. Has a nice, mild sage
flavor, it’s quite delicious too and this one I definitely like more than the parsley
and the celery. So the next flower you guys could eat is right
here, this is known as the bee balm flower, I posted a picture of this recently on my
Instagram. We’ll go ahead and pick a small one. Now this is what they look right there,
super beautiful, nice purple flowers. We’re just going to go ahead and pluck the whole
bunch. These are nice and delicate. Then they go in the mouth.
You got a little bit of that sweetness, much like the sage on the tips and they are quite
delicious. They taste kind of like oregano-y for lack of a better word, they really taste
like the bee balm but for most people that never tasted bee balm they taste kind of oregano-y.
Now the bee balm leaves you could use them, just like you would mint, normally it’s used
for tea or spicing up different soups and salads and what not. Don’t use too many, it
can quite strong. Next I want to share with you guys the last edible flower that I have
in my garden and you actually might be surprised. So the last edible flower I want to share
with you guys today is right here, you guys probably never seen this edible flower before,
this is only maybe the third time I have. What this is, this is actually the flower
off my gynura procumbens, also known as longevity spinach. Oops. This is what it looks like,
it’s just like a little orange puffy flower. This is also edible, we’re just going to go
ahead and pull the flower buds out. Look it has like the little hair things so that it
can like blow in the wind. You can eat it. It’s quite delicate and sweet, oh watch this.
Those are like the little blowy things on the dandelion.
But yeah, gynura procumben flowers, also very fun. Now, these only flower after like the
full year, so I think they’re like a biannual, it’s like rare I ever seen flower, normally
they’re propogated by cuttings. It’s starting to flower, go to seed, I’m going to go ahead
and try to plant the seeds, see if they’ll set and take, or see if they’re sterile, I
don’t exactly know. But it’ll be fun to learn. Yeah, gynura procumben flowers.
Other ones that I didn’t mention that I wasn’t able to, I saw earlier today but maybe they’re
not in bloom at this time of day which is later in the day, it’s always best to harvest
your flowers early in the day before the full sun, right when they open up and then try
to use them as soon as possible because they don’t like to like hang out too long, they
expire really fast. But yeah, oh I was going to do the purslane flowers, they’re really
cool. But I hunted around and didn’t really seen any. But that’s pretty much it.
A lot of vegetables flowers are edible. Don’t eat any flower unless you know it’s 100% edible,
do some online searches first. If I didn’t include it in this video definitely check
it before you eat anything from your garden. There are certain varieties of certain plants
that actually the flowers are quite poisonous, so steer clear of those and just eat the ones
that I shared with you guys today and of course do your own research and look up more. I mean,
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So once again my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com. We’ll see you next
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