Petunias are pretty flowers that can be planted in many different places and have a lot of uses. They’re also edible! In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about eating petunias.
Can You Eat Petunias?
Petunias are edible. They’re a member of the nightshade family, but don’t worry—petunias are not toxic or poisonous to humans! You can safely eat petunia blossoms, and they make a delicious addition to salads and jams. Petunia flowers taste best when they’re fresh from the garden or shop. You can also dry them in an airtight container for later use.
Are There Any Risks To Eating Petunias?
Petunias are perfectly safe to eat, and they contain no toxic chemicals or pesticides that would make them harmful to humans. They’re also not poisonous, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally ingesting them.
However, petunias are a member of the nightshade family and do contain alkaloids (a natural toxin), which means that eating too much of them can cause digestive upset in some people.
Growing Your Own Petunias For Eating
If you want to try growing some petunias yourself (and eating them), here’s how:
Step 1: Gather seeds from your favorite varieties of petunia plants (use a sterile seed-starting mix if you don’t know where they originated).
Step 2: Plant them about 1/4 inch deep into the soil that has been prepared with compost or manure; water as needed until germination occurs within ten days of planting time (you’ll know it’s ready when little green sprouts appear).
Step 3: After this point keep watering regularly until leaves have grown enough that they meet each other at their tips—this will take six weeks if outdoor temperatures remain fairly warm all year round
However, if temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit then it will probably take longer due to limited sunlight hours during winter months which slows growth considerably so plan accordingly!
What Do Petunias Taste Like?
The leaves, stems and flowers of the plant have a strong and bitter taste that can irritate your mouth, throat, and stomach if you ingest them. In fact, all parts of the petunia plant contain cyanide—a dangerous poison that can kill you if large amounts are ingested over time.
How To Prepare and Clean Petunias
To prepare petunias for eating, you will want to wash them thoroughly in cold water. This can be done by submerging the entire plant under running tap water or filling a bowl with cold water and letting the petunia soak in it.
Once they have been washed, place them on paper towels or a clean kitchen towel to dry slightly before using them in salads or other dishes. After drying, store your petunias in an airtight container like a mason jar with some sort of moisture absorber (like these) at the bottom so they’re not sitting in their own condensation.
What Can You Use Petunias For?
Besides being edible, petunias are also pretty flowers that can be used in your garden. Petunias have been known to repel some pests and attract beneficial insects, like bees. They’re also very easy to grow! If you don’t have access to edible petunia seeds, make sure you plant flowers with varying colors and sizes so that they look nice together when they come into bloom.
You may not know it yet but petunias make excellent additions to salads! The leaves taste similar to watercress or arugula but with more texture and less bitterness (although not as much as spinach). You can use the leaves in place of lettuce or other greens for an extra crunchy bite—they also taste great tossed in lemon juice with some salt!
If making tea is more your thing than eating plants straight up, then consider brewing yourself some hibiscus tea from dried petunia flowers. This recipe calls for hibiscus flowers along with other ingredients such as citrus zest and whole cloves; if you don’t have any stored away somewhere then try substituting red pepper flakes instead—it won’t give quite the same effect but still tastes great either way!
Petunias are a great addition to any garden and they make a wonderful edible. They are easy to grow, taste delicious and you can use them in many different recipes. If you’re looking for an alternative flower that’s not only beautiful but also tasty, then this is the one for you!
Kate has been in the food business for over 20 years. Worked as a cook at several buffets which include Old Country Buffet, Five Star Buffet, and Ichiban Buffet. Now, I’m mostly at home cooking for my family, caring for chickens and ducks, and tending the garden.