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    This is the third article in a series that I have dubbed the Healthy Eating/Organic Gardening series. My goal is to share information that will allow my readers to eat a healthier diet in the most frugal manner possible. Simply put, it is usually cheaper to grow your own food than it is to purchase traditionally grown produce at the grocery store. Organic produce will cost even more than traditional. Gardening is an easy way to save money and be more healthy.

    It is possible to enjoy the consumption of flowers, as long as you are sure to identify the edible varieties correctly. Many flowers are not edible, so care is needed with this task. When you grow your own flowers to use in recipes, start out with organic soil. Be sure that the seeds or seedlings that you purchase are also organic, and use organic methods of growing them. In this way, you will ensure that your household enjoys the healthiest flowers possible.

    Here are some examples of edible flowers and how they can be used:

    Marigold

    TheFlowerExpert.com tells us that the marigold plants are hardy annuals, and that the pigments in them are able to be used as food coloring. This flower is very common in the Untied States, and I love using it with my outdoor autumn decorations. Try the Signet Marigold for culinary purposes. Use it when making teas, desserts and fruit salads.

    Nasturtium

    These flowers are easy to grow. The flowers and leaves are both edible, and will provide the body with vitamin C. With their peppery taste, they make great additions to salads along with other greens. This flower will also make a flavored vinegar that can be used for a variety of purposes.

    Violets

    Violets are also edible. Again, TheFlowerExpert.com gives us information that is useful, such as that they flower in the spring and that they are perrenials. In fact, I can’t get rid of these at home. They pop up everywhere. Use violets to make ice cubes and wine. They can also be used as a sweetener.

    All three of these flowers can be grown in pots on a patio or elsewhere in the yard.

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