Grow your own organic edible flowers
Join local legend Anne Gibson from The Micro Gardener and learn how to use flowers in food. Find out how to create medicinal teas and the health benefits that come from consuming seasonal edible flowers.
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How to use edible flowers
- As a garnish to decorate meals and make them more visually appealing
- In salads – to add flavour, nutrients, flavour and visual appeal
- Decorate cakes, muffins and sweets
- Dry and preserve them for decorating desserts
- Use herb flowers in pesto, dressings, sauces and dishes
- Stuff large vegetable flowers like pumpkin or zucchini with savoury filling
- Add to iced tea, ice cubes for cold drinks or herbal teas
- Add flavour to sandwiches and wraps
- Blend sweet flowers in juices and smoothies
- Add colour to homemade jams and syrups
Sunshine Coast Libraries members have loaned organic gardening titles 23,486 times! On the move? Check out the range of titles on eBooks and eMagazines available through Libraries. Free access 24/7 with your library card or to get the full gardening experience head to the library catalogue to reserve these little reading champions.
Reserve these titles and collect from your local library:
- The edible flower garden: from garden to kitchen: choosing, growing and cooking edible flowers by Kathleen Brown. Learn how to choose, cultivate and use flowers for eating.
- A delicious bunch: growing and cooking with edible flowers by Linda Brennan. With easy to follow plant-based recipes and a selection of garden plans for incorporating edible flowers in large and small spaces.
- The herb and flower cookbook: plant, grow and eat by Pip McCormac. Take your cooking to the next level by cultivating aromatic plants to use when creating unusual and seasonal recipes that are fresh and full of flavour.
- The organic guide to edible gardens by Jennifer Stackhouse. Growing fruit and vegetables in your own backyard, and feeding your family with food freshly harvested is extremely rewarding all without the use of chemicals.
- Countertop gardens: easily grow kitchen edibles indoors for year-round enjoyment by Shelley Levis. Covers a wide range of ready-made hydroponics, aquaponic, and vertical gardening systems, make your own DIY setups from simple space-saving container designs to more creative and complex soil-free solutions.
- Root to bloom: a modern guide to whole plant use: harvest, cook, preserve and heal by Mat Pember. Equips readers with the knowledge and tools to grow, eat and celebrate every edible part of the plant.
Libraries love these edible gardening eBooks:
- Indoor kitchen gardening: turn your home into a year-round vegetable garden by Elizabeth Millard
- The beautiful edible garden: design a stylish outdoor space using vegetables, fruits and herbs by Leslie Bennett
- A garden can be anywhere: creating bountiful and beautiful edible gardens by Lauri Kranz
- Organic gardening: the natural no-dig way by Charles Dowding
Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Grow your edible garden with gardening eMagazines:
- ABC organic gardener
- Amateur Gardening
- Backyard and garden designs
- BBC’s Gardeners’ World
- Gardening Australia Food
- Good Organic gardening
- Gardening the easy way
- Mother Earth news
- Grow to eat
- Home Gardening
- Kitchen Gardening
- Modern Gardens Wellbeing
- Organic Gardening
To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Listen on the go with these edible flowers podcast episodes:
- The Gardenangelists: edible flowers, basil and garden touring wisdom. Join Carol Michel and Dee Nash, both passionate gardeners, authors, as they chat over the garden fence about flowers, veggies, and all the best dirt on gardening.
- Seattle Urban Farm Co: edible flowers with legendary garden writer, Rosalind Creasy about the joys and perils of eating flowers.
- The Literary Gardener: edible flowers, a tasty secondary crop with Literary Gardener Rhonda Nowak shares a list of edible flowers from vegetable, herb, even ornamental plants.
- Roots and All: edible flowers with Jan Billington from Maddocks Farm Organics, a flower farm in Devon growing and selling organic edible flowers.
- Plant Based Podcast: 5 edible flowers you can grow at home and how to use them. Alex Drane from Nurtured in Norfolk tells us about edible flowers, and they are easier to grow from seed than you may imagine, and yes they do look as good as they taste!
All podcasts are free and available to listen on: Android - Google Play, Procast, Downcast, Pocket Casts, Player FM and AntennaPod. iOS - Apple Podcasts app, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Podbean and Stitcher. You can also stream podcasts from Spotify.
On the web
Catch up on these edible flower blogs on the web:
- The Edible Flower: A fork to fork supper club and catering company based at Erin and Jo’s farmhouse, smallholding and kitchen garden in Saintfield, County Down. The food they cook is inspired by the seasonal produce they grow, wild food from the shores and hedgerows and their travels in Ireland and all over the world.
- The Complete Guide to Edible Flowers: New York flower business dishing all the dirt on how to cook with flowers with a comprehensive guide to edible and flowers.
- The Chef’s Garden: deliciously deep dive into edible flowers and how they add extra layers of flavor and aroma to culinary dishes with intriguing variations among them.
Stream these free flower documentaries on Kanopy:
- The Secret Life of Flowers: view simple, intermediate or advanced videos.
- In Organic We Trust: understanding organic food. Follows filmmaker Kip Pastor on a journey to answer the essential questions about organic: what exactly is certified organic and is it the key to transforming our food system.
- Creating Safe Food Gardens: it seems intuitive that vegetables grown in your home garden will be safer and healthier than those purchased at the supermarket. It’s a good choice to check your garden soil before going ahead for traces of cadmium or lead and learning how best to respond – whether in plant choices or creative garden design.
- The organic life follows a year in the life of Austin, a hopeful organic farmer and his sceptical girlfriend Casey, chronicling farm living, who grows your food and how it is grown. An illuminating portrait of sustainable farming in the 21st century.
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