1. Flowers can be a great source of nutrition.
For example, according to Mercola, "dandelions contain numerous antioxidant properties and flavonoids, including FOUR times the beta carotene of broccoli, as well as lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin. They're also a rich source of vitamins, including folic acid, riboflavin, pyroxidine, niacin, and vitamins E and C... Violets contain rutin, a phytochemical with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that ay help strengthen capillary walls. Rose petals contain bioflavonoids and antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, B3, C and E. Nasturtiums contain cancer-fighting lycopene and lutein, a carotenoid found in vegetables and fruits that is important for vision health. Lanevder contains vitamin A, calcium and iron, and is said to benefit your central nervous system. Chive blossoms (the purple flower of the chive herb) contain vitamin C, iron and sulfur, and have traditionally been used to help support healthy blood pressure levels."
2. Not all flowers are edible.
It is important to know that not all flowers are edible. Make sure to confirm that the flowers you are eating are edible before consuming them, otherwise you may get sick.
3. Typically only the petals are eaten.
Typically, the petals are sperated from the stem and pistil. The petals are then integrated into the dish.
4. Only buy organic!
As with produce, it is important to make sure that the flowers you are eating have not been sprayed with chemicals or pesticides. It is also important to make sure that manure has not been applied to farm areas surrounding the edible flowers in the recent months.
5. Start small.
When introducing anything new into your diet, it is important to consume small amounts of edible flowers at first to make sure you tolerate them well. Then you can slowly add them into your diet more often.
6. Don't store them in the refrigerator.
Flowers are extremely perishable and do not do well stored in the refrigerator. Serve them as soon as possible. If they need to be stored, put them in a glass of water while preparing or carefully between two moist paper towels in a sealable container. Rinse each flower gently with water before using them.