12 Ways To Eat Flowers, Because They're More Than Just A Pretty Centerpiece

We love decorating with flowers as much as the next person, and we'll also admit that we love a good flower garden beard and a festival-ready flower crown. But we're not opposed to thinking of more clever uses for colorful blossoms — so now we're looking to some flower recipes for an unexpected twist. Lavender, rose, and more give our favorite dishes a refreshing update.

Think outside the box with your floral favorites. These 12 recipes will prove to you that pretty buds are more than just decorations.

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Fried Lemon Ricotta Squash Blossoms

Ricotta makes a foolproof squash blossom filling. A Cozy Kitchen adds something extra with a touch of lemon.

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Raspberry Rose Baked French Toast

Rosewater is the secret to bringing the light taste of rose petals to your baked goods. Half Baked Harvest takes it a step further by topping this gorgeous brunch with actual roses.

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Zucchini Blossom Quesadilla

Squash blossoms and cheese are an obvious combination. A Cozy Kitchen gives them an unexpected twist by layering them inside a quesadilla.

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Rose Petal Ice Cream

For a refreshing treat on a hot day, look no further than Endless Simmer’s impossibly good rose petal ice cream.

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Lavender Cupcakes

When milk is infused with dried lavender flowers, the result is an aromatic base for cupcakes. Hummingbird High’s sweet treat will exceed your expectations.

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Coconut Raspberry Macarons With Raspberry Rose Buttercream

Coconut, raspberry, rose — this unexpected trio of flavors results in a positively gourmet treat. Thanks, Half Baked Harvest!

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Dark Chocolate Bark With Pistachios, Walnuts, And Rose Petals

Think outside of the box with your chocolate. The Kitchn adds an unexpected mix of nuts and rose petals for an irresistible dessert.

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Squash Blossom Goat Cheese Frittata

For a fancy brunch, pop some squash blossoms in your frittata. A Cozy Kitchen tops this dish with goat cheese for a final touch.

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Flower Power Cake

This may be the ultimate springtime cake. Green Kitchen Stories covers this vegan(!) cake with pomegranate seeds and an abundance of organic, edible flowers.

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Mozzarella-Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

Naturally Ella’s version of stuffed zucchini flowers is basically a (slightly) healthier version of mozzarella sticks. We love it.

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Rhubarb And Rose Hand Pies

A touch of rosewater transforms Hummingbird High’s rhubarb hand pies. They’re picnic-perfect.

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Three Cheese-Stuffed Squash Blossoms

If you can’t choose your favorite cheese (who can?), never fear: The Kitchn has made the cheesiest squash blossoms ever using parmigiano reggiano, mozzarella, and ricotta.

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