Decorating Desserts with Flowers

Expert advice from Food Editor Karen Scales

Food Editor Karen Scales

Food Editor Karen Scales

DEAR KAREN: Is it true that some flowers are edible and can be used to decorate cakes and other desserts? If so, what types are they?
—F.R., Canterbury, Connecticut

Yes, some garden-fresh flowers are fine for decorating desserts and garnishing soups, beverages and other foods. They can also be added to salads.

Only edible or nontoxic blossoms should be used. Some of these flowers include daylilies, marigolds, scented geraniums, impatiens, lavender, lilac petals, nasturtiums, pansies, rose petals and violets. Be sure to use flowers that have not been chemically treated or sprayed.

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