Edible Flower #4: Lavender
The foliage of lavender (Lavandula sp.) is well known for its relaxing scent, but the lovely purple blossoms are also fragrant and flavorful. Lavender honey – made by turning honeybees loose on lavender flowers – is delicious, and the flowers themselves can be chopped and used, dried or fresh, in a variety of recipes.
Try adding a few spoonfuls of chopped flowers to a batch of sugar cookies or homemade vanilla ice cream. Or, chop a small handful of flowers to use in chutney or marinades. The flavor can be really intense, so use only a little.
Lavender is a shrubby perennial herb. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the yummiest and is hardy to planting zone 5, although all lavenders can be grown in pots and brought inside for the winter.