When it comes to the world of edible plants, most people think of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. But did you know that there are several unexpected and exotic plants right in your garden that are not only pleasing to the eye but also pleasing to the palate? Let’s take a journey through some of these surprising edible plants that you might not have expected.
Plumeria. Known for their fragrant and vibrant flowers, Plumeria plants are often seen in tropical gardens and as ornamental plants. However, you can eat the flowers! Plumeria flowers have a slightly sweet taste, making them a unique addition to salads, desserts, or even as a garnish. Just be sure to remove the bitter white sap from the petals before consuming.
Water Lily. The elegant water lily floats on the surface of ponds and adds a touch of serenity to your garden. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, water lily leaves and flowers are edible. They have a mild, slightly nutty flavor and can be used in salads, stir-fries, or even deep-fried for a crispy treat.
Canna Lily. Canna lilies are known for their vibrant foliage and striking flowers, but they also have edible parts. Both the young shoots and the rhizomes (underground stems) are edible. The shoots can be cooked like asparagus, and the rhizomes can be boiled, mashed, or roasted, offering a starchy component to your meals.
Bougainvillea. Bougainvillea is renowned for its vibrant and colorful bracts that surround its inconspicuous flowers. While the bracts themselves aren’t edible, the flowers and young leaves can be used in salads or as a garnish. They add a subtle, slightly earthy flavor to your dishes.
Nasturtium. Though not as uncommon as the others on this list, Nasturtium is still a plant many may not know is edible. Both the flowers and leaves have a peppery, slightly spicy taste, making them a unique addition to salads, or you can even pickle the seeds as a substitute for capers.
Hosta. Hosta plants are popular for their lush foliage, but did you know that the young shoots are edible? They have a mild flavor and can be used in various dishes, from stir-fries to soups.
Daylily. Daylilies offer more than just their vibrant blooms. The flower buds and petals are edible, with a sweet, crunchy texture. They can be used in salads, stir-fries, or as a garnish.
These unexpected edible plants can transform your garden into a culinary treasure trove. However, it’s essential to be certain of the edibility and any specific preparation requirements for these plants before consuming them. With the right knowledge, you can turn your garden into a source of unique and delightful culinary experiences. For guidance on incorporating these surprisingly edible plants into your yard, call us for more input on designing the landscape of your dreams.