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How to Eat a Honeysuckle

By Keith Dooley ; Updated July 21, 2017

Honeysuckle has a beautiful aroma when in bloom. With a smell almost as good as honey tastes, there is no wonder how it got its name, and no surprise that someone figured out that you could eat it. The flowers have a sweet nectar that is delicious, but that is the only part of the plant you should eat. The berries are poisonous. Try it for yourself.

Select a bloom from a honeysuckle bush and pull it off the stem. Make sure that you get the entire bloom all the way down to the point where it is connected or you might spill the nectar.

Make sure the bloom is not too far from your mouth and pinch the bottom tip of the bloom to pull out the stamen. This is a small stem that runs through the bloom. As you pull it out it will bring with it the nectar from the middle of the bloom.

Lick the drop of nectar off of the stem to enjoy the sweet taste of a honeysuckle. The leaves are edible as well, although most don't eat them.


About the Author


Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.