About Edible Flower Seeds


There are a number of flower seeds that are edible, ranging from cereals to sunflowers, poppy seeds and dill. It is important to be absolutely certain what kind of plant you are eating: if there is any doubt, ask an expert, because a number of toxic seeds may look similar to other edible flowering seeds.


Some examples of cereals are wheat, corn, rice, oats and barley. Along with other cereals, these form the basis of many diets.


Certain types of nuts are actually flower seeds. Pine nuts, for instance, come from pine tree's flowers. Acorns and walnuts are also seeds from tree flowers.


Sunflowers, loved by animals and humans alike, are one of the most well known edible flowers seeds. They are often consumed in the same situations as nuts.


Poppyseeds come from the poppy plant and are added to dishes for their distinctive flavor. They are particularly prevalent in eastern European cuisine.

Coriander Seeds

Coriander, also known as cilantro, is commonly used in Mexican and Indian foods. The seeds and leaves have a distinctive taste that some people dislike.

Dill Seeds and Mustard Seeds

Dill seeds are used in many traditional and home-style American cooking, including in the pickling process. Mustard seeds are likewise used in many traditional and home-style American dishes for their intense sharp, hot flavor. They are also popular in European, Middle Eastern, and Asian cuisines.

Nigella Seeds, Cumin, Anise and Fennel

Nigella is very popular in the Mediterranean region to Eastern and Southern Asia, especially India where it is found in many curries. Although not from an onion, it is often called onion seed because of its close appearance to onion seeds. It is also called black cumin. Cumin is popular from Western Europe to Asia and in the Americas. It is commonly found in Mexican cooking. Anise plants are another plant with edible seeds. The taste is similar to that of fennel seeds, both of which have a strong licorice flavor popular in sweet, sour and savory foods in the Middle East and Mediterranean.

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