Is Your Mom's Flower Bouquet Edible This Year? It Should Be

Because a traditional bouquet is SO overrated.

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May 07, 2019

If you’re still looking for a thoughtful and fun way to impress Mom this Mother’s Day, we have an idea (or five) for your consideration. Though a bouquet of flowers is always a nice idea — I’m a repeat offender myself — there are so many other ways to use flowers besides placing them in a vase.

This year take a page from Food Network Magazine and get the most out of your springtime blooms by sprinkling a handful of edible flower petals throughout your Mother’s Day brunch spread. Not only will they make an eye-catching garnish, they’ll also make it a meal Mom will never forget.

Sorbet with Candied Flowers (pictured above)

Treat Mom to flowers and dessert with this whimsical sorbet creation. To make your candied topping, mix one pasteurized egg white with water and brush it onto both sides of your petals, sprinkling with super fine sugar as you go.

We're not going to lie — you may have a hard time figuring out whether you should eat this colorful salad or stare at it lovingly (for a few hours). Bursting with juicy strawberries, crunchy chives and fresh endive, this dish makes a great addition to any spring or summer table. For added elegance, toss a handful of bright pansy or hibiscus petals on top.

Give avocado toast a day off this Mother's Day and opt to make a plateful of these rich crostini instead. To make the creamy spread for your toasted ciabatta pieces, pulse buttery sweet peas, creamy ricotta, rich Parmesan and lemon zest in a food processor.

Get the most out of your green peppers, green grapes, scallions and cucumbers with this vibrant and easy gazpacho. When ladling, drizzle each soup bowl with olive oil and add an array of orchid and marigold petals for extra sophistication.

Help mom feel like the queen that she is by making her one of these regal cocktails. Fluffy egg whites and Crème de Violette liqueur combine with gin, lemon juice and dry red wine to give Mom a sipper as beautiful as she is.

Buying Your Blooms

Edible flowers are often sold in assortments. To learn more about which flower variety you like best, purchase a pack and taste each bloom individually — some may even be more peppery than others. And don’t forget to make sure your flowers are labeled "edible" before you buy them!

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