Home & Garden Home 7 Simple Recipes for Preserving Edible Flowers By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated October 11, 2018 Mint Images / Getty Images Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home Sustainable Eating Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism startcooking kathy & amandine/CC BY 2.0 Edible flowers add delight and distinctly delicious flavors to food and drinks. Fluttered as a garnish or tossed in salads they are fresh and fun, but they can also be incorporated into a number of staples that allow their usage beyond blooming season. Employ spicier petals, like garlic, rosemary, nasturtium or chive flowers (pictured above) for savory dishes; use sweeter blooms, like rose, violet, or lemon verbena petals for cocktails and desserts. Try any of these 42 flowers you can eat (and be sure to follow the tips for eating flowers safely). 1. Flower Vinegar2 cups white wine vinegar1⁄2 cup flower petals Add flowers to vinegar and store in dark, cool place for a week. Strain flowers and use vinegar in dressings and other recipes calling for vinegar. 2. Flower Honey1 cup flower petals1 pound honey Use lavender or rosemary blossoms for a stronger honey, or rose petals or other more floral blooms for a more fragrant flavor. Add the flower petas to a reusable tea bag or make a bundle in cheesecloth and add to honey. Leave in a bright, sunny place for a week, check flavor. Leave longer for a more pronounced flavor. When ready, remove the petal bag and use. 3. Flower Sugar2 cups granulated sugar1 cup chopped flower petals Stir flowers into sugar and let sit for a week. The sugar will absorb the moisture and flavor and the petals remain to add color and texture. Especially nice to finish off baked goods and to rim cocktail glasses. 4. Flower Syrup1 cup water3 cups sugar1 cup flowers Boil ingredients for 10 minutes, strain, and store refrigerated 2 weeks. Wonderful in cocktails and other drinks, and great for topping pancakes, waffles, ice cream, and other sweet dishes. 5. Flower Tea and Fruit LeatherIf you have roses, you can dry the hips to use for rose hip tea and even fruit leather! See how here, at 10 Recipes for Dried Food. 6. Flower Butter1⁄2 cup flower petals1⁄2 pound sweet butter Stir petals into softened butter with a fork and form into a log, wrap well. Chill and slice off sections to top warm dishes or use in recipes. Herb flowers (chive, garlic, rosemary, etc) are great on grilled vegetables or pasta, perfumed flowers (rose, violet, lavender, etc) are great on pancakes or sweet dishes. Keeps refrigerated for two weeks or frozen up to six weeks. 7. Flower Vodka2 cups vodka1⁄2 cup flower petals Make your own flower infused vodka by simply adding flowers to vodka and allowing to sit for 48 hours, then strain. Rose or lavender petal vodka cocktails, served in glasses rimmed with flower sugar, are sure to keep summer alive even as the season begins to fade away.