50 Favourite Edible Flowers Found In The UK

Using edible flowers in baking, cocktails and cooking is one of my favourite things to do. It can elevate something quite simple, to something simply beautiful. So I thought I’d put a list together of some of my favourite edible flowers found in the UK.

What English Flowers Are Edible?

How many English flowers are edible? To be honest — I don’t know! But I can certainly name a good list; with enough variety of blooms that I use in salads or baking.

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50 Edible Flowers Found In The UK

Here is a list of edible flowers that you can find in UK gardens or hedgerows. I’ve used all of these in various ways over the years.

Some are perfect sprinkled in and over salads — Chive, Pea and Nasturtium flowers. Other’s can be used to decorate biscuits and cakes.

They all give a different flavour or taste. Some are sweet and fruity. Others peppery and sharp.

  1. Alliums (Chives, leeks and garlic/wild garlic blossoms)
  2. Angelica (Wild Celery)
  3. Anise Hyssop
  4. Bee balm (Bergamot)
  5. Blackcurrant blossoms
  6. Borage
  7. Calendula or Marigold
  8. Chamomile
  9. Chrysanthemum
  10. Clary Sage
  11. Clover
  12. Cornflower
  13. Daisy
  14. Dandelion
  15. Dianthus (Pinks)
  16. Double Daisies (Bellis Daisy)
  17. Elderflower
  18. Evening Primrose
  19. Flowering Reccurrant
  20. Flowering Whitecurrant
  21. Fuchsia
  22. Geraniums
  23. Goldenrod
  24. Hibiscus
  25. Hollyhock
  26. Honeysuckle
  27. Jasmine
  28. Lavender
  29. Lemon balm
  30. Lilac
  31. Marshmallow
  32. Meadowsweet
  33. Mint
  34. Nasturtium
  35. Pansy
  36. Pea Flowers
  37. Primrose
  38. Red Clover
  39. Rocket flowers
  40. Sage
  41. Snapdragon
  42. Squash blossoms
  43. Sunflower
  44. Sweet Violet
  45. Sweet Woodruff
  46. Thyme
  47. Viola
  48. Rose petals
  49. White Clover
  50. Yarrow
Edible Flowers Found In The UK - Flowering Currant blooms are absolutely delicious!
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My Favourite Edible Flowers

My favourite edible flowers — by far — are Flowering Currant blooms (pictured above).

The shrubs are ornamental — so the berries (although not toxic) don’t taste particularly good. But the flowers taste absolutely delicious!!

Imagine the most intensely currant flavour (more so even than Ribena!) and this is how they taste.

They work brilliantly on biscuits. I have shared my recipe for shortbread biscuits with edible flowers here on the Listed Home before.

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Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

And they give gin and tonic the sweetest, most delicious edge too. Almost like an aroma — rather than a taste.

It’s quite simply delicious.

And looks pretty too!

Edible flowers can be used to decorate drinks and cocktails
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Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.

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