How to Store Edible Flowers
Handling and storing edible flowers
Delicate flowers deserve special treatment. Here are
some suggestions to properly handle and store edible
Don’t eat flowers that were treated with
pesticides or fungicides.
If the flowers were purchased commercially, then
they probably came in a clear clamshell container
and can be refrigerated directly from the store in
If the flowers did not arrive in a clamshell, then
find a container and line it with a damp paper
towel. Carefully place the flowers inside and then
put a lid on the container.
If they are intended for a salad, then test them
first with the dressing. Vinegar based dressings
will make many edible flowers wilt and turn brown
quite quickly. Toss the flowers in just before
presentation if this is the case.
If you grow your own edible flowers, then cut them
from the garden right before you’re ready to
To clean edible flowers, use a soft clean brush like
a make-up brush to gently dust them if you feel that
they are already clean. If they look dirty, then dip
them into a bowl of water while gently shaking the
flower. Do NOT place them under running water or you
will destroy them..
How Long Do Edible Flowers Last?
How long do edible flowers last? Let’s put it
this way, don’t hesitate to use edible flowers
as soon as possible. The “best by” date
for edible flowers is about two days. Most blossoms
will generally last about 4 to 5 days if kept
refrigerated and moist, but they will probably begin
to wilt by day three. Squash blossoms have the
shortest shelf life and will only last for about two
days. A few hearty varieties like mums can last up
to a week. After that, they can easily begin to grow
mold due to the moisture.
In the garden, edible flowers can last from about 5
days up to a month.
Can you freeze edible flowers? Not really. They will
look OK while frozen but then thaw quickly and look
a darker color.