Decorating Desserts with Flowers
Expert advice from 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.