Known as the “flowering onions,” there are around 400 different species of allium that include garlic, chives, and leeks. The best part about the flowers of these plants is their taste—their flavors range from mild onion and garlic to incredibly strong, depending on when the flowers are harvested.
Chives, for one example of an allium, are ball-like clusters of little florets that can be removed and scattered into your salads for both color and a mild onion flavor.
For a different flavor, you can also try garlic blossoms, which can be pink or white, with flat stems. Milder than garlic, but similar in taste, when fully bloomed, these flowers can add a pleasant zing to your salad.
If you can’t find these plants in your yard and wish to grow them yourself, you’ll find that they’re easy to cultivate, and don’t require much care. They’re rodent-resistant, don’t require much water, and are generally very hardy.
These plants are beautiful additions to any flower garden or salad, so try a few petals in your next leafy creation.