Edible Flower #8: Chrysanthemum
Best known for their use in tea, chrysanthemum flowers (Dendranthema or Chrysanthemum sp. ) are also colorful additions to salads, especially when blanched and tossed with sugar. All varieties of chrysanthemum are edible, but traditional teas and wines are typically made with the yellow or white flowers of Chrysanthemum morifolium or Chrysanthemum indicum.
The flavor varies depending on the variety but can be a little peppery – be sure to remove the base of the petal to keep it from being too bitter. Check out our article on Growing Edible Chrysanthemums for more information.
Garden mums are full-sun perennials, hardy to planting zone 5. They bloom in summer, but if you pinch off the buds they’ll put on a spectacular show in the fall.
For more growing tips, see How To Grow Chrysanthemums In Your Garden.