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Edible Flowers: Freesia

In Southern California today? Step into your yard to check out all that’s blooming. Have you noticed the new vibrant flowers dotting the ice plants? No doubt you’ve seen the poppies blowing everywhere! Chances are good you’ve got a variety of flowers popping up in your yard just waiting to be… Eaten!?

Edible flowers have been a world-wide main-stay for centuries. Italians love their squash blooms in sauce while Indians their rose petals in water. In our New York garden we plant border marigolds to keep the pesky little pests out. Their bitter nature wards off intruders for the season and later double as a zesty addition to salads and dressings.

… From my yard here in Cali, I like to infuse a tisane of freesias, meyer lemon juice and zest. The peppery scent and bold colors offer the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me up!

Make It

What You’ll Need

  • 3 handfuls of freesia flowers
  • 2 meyer lemons
  • 4 cups H20
  • zest of half a lemon

Putting It Together

  1. In a sauce pan (ceramic and glass best), combine H20, freesia blooms, the juice of both lemons and the zest.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Drink, smile, enjoy!

Curious about more fun ways to infuse those blooms in your kitchen? Check out food-writer and friend, Tejal Rao’s marigold magic at The Atlantic.

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.


  1. gianna says

    Christine: Any idea where one might be able to get organic freesia in nyc ….your recipe sounds refreshing and I have been searching but have not been able to find….g

    • Have you checked Mountain Rose herbs online? Not sure you’ll be able to get them this time of year since the season for freesia has past at this point. For next year you could easily grow them on a balcony that gets plenty of light. Freesia are super easy to care for!

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