How to Dehydrate Edible Flowers

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How to Dehydrate Flowers

While we sell many more types of edible flowers, here are the results for dehydrating the specific varieties we’ve tested:

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Set your dehydrator to 120 degrees (or if it won’t go that low, as low as possible).

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Lay the flowers out on the trays in single layers.

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Dehydrate for several hours, checking them occasionally and removing any blossoms that are completely dry. Check more often as they get close to finishing.
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Store dehydrated flowers in an air-tight container in a cool, dark, dry place.

In our experience thinner flowers take 4-8 hours to dry while thicker varieties (rose buds, etc) can take 1-2 days.

Dried flowers are quite fragile – so be gentle with them.

Flavor/Texture Results of Dehydrating By Variety

People often ask us if there’s some way they can save leftover edible flowers. Unfortunately most varieties don’t freeze well (read Can I freeze edible flowers? for details). However, we’ve discovered that many larger flowers can be dehydrated while maintaining a certain amount of their visual charm.

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Calendula – Citrusy, grassy flavor. They’re rather leathery whole…we recommend grinding or non-culinary decorative use.

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Chive Blossoms – We don’t recommend drying chive blossoms because they really lose the look and flavor that made them special. Once dried they have a very oniony flavor – much more harsh than fresh blossoms. Their texture was crisp but a little scratchy. They could probably be ground.

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Marigolds – citrusy, grassy with a bitter finish. Their texture is unpleasant when eaten whole – so we recommend grinding or non-culinary decorative use.
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Orchids – petals crisp up like potato chips…they’re actually pretty nice, but something in the base of the flower gets extremely crunchy (almost unpleasantly so).
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Pansies – could be eaten whole, but the blossoms have a leathery yet brittle texture that makes them a tad chewy. Slightly grassy & minty. Try grinding them for use in butter, rimming cocktail glasses, etc.
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Roses – Stiff & tough with a soapy flavor. They could be used decoratively, but we do not recommend serving them to be eaten. Dehydrated crimson roses make a beautiful colored sugar, but its flavor can be soapy.

We would recommend dehydrating these varieties: And wouldn’t bother dehydrating these:
Calendula Arugula Blossoms
Karma Orchids Chive Blossoms
Marigolds Borage Blossoms
Pansies Micro Marigold Florets
Roses Other micro flowers…they’re too delicate
Rose Petals