05/29/2012 05:04 pm ET

Edible Flowers For Your Garden

Fruits and veggies like apples, tomatoes and carrots are the first things that come to mind when most of us think about growing our own food. But did you know loads of floral favorites, including lilacs and sunflowers, have useful (and tasty!) applications in your kitchen? For a plot that’s as pretty as it is practical, incorporate edible flowers – along with your favorite produce picks – into your garden plan. To get you started, Earth911 rounded up seven versatile blooms that you can cook today.

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