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As with all edibles, different people have different tastes. The oxeye daisy tastes exactly like shungiku (or "chop suey greens") which to me is unappealing and I'll give it a miss from now on.  The daylily, I like a lot, usually in stir fry.

It is hard to know what flowers are edible in the Dominican Republic, since people here don't seem to eat flowers habitually (which is odd, because they will eat guavas in the hard, green stage, which to me are just nasty). I have heard of some Asian cultures where people eat banana flowers, so if I can figure out how to prepare them, I shall have to try them -- Dominican practice is to cut off the flower after a section of stem without any bananas forms, so that the plant will put energy into the existing bananas instead of more flowers.
 
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Just the other night I was reading a cookbook on Native American cuisine, "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen" by Sean Sherman, that I got from the library and saw a section where he's preparing sunflowers, not the seeds, but the pith sections of the flower heads, trimming off everything else and then braising them in a pot.  I never knew that part of the sunflower was edible!  I'm definitely going to have to plant some sunflowers next year to both get the seeds and then try this with the heads!  
 
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I'm enjoying the new flower forum, and seeing some of these older posts I never happened across before!

An edible-flower rite of spring I miss now that my kids are grown is dandelion fritters.  Yes, the dandelion flowers are edible!  The posse of neighborhood kids would gather a huge bowl, and I would dip them in a thin pancake-type batter, fry them, and then sprinkle them with powdered sugar.  They would then march the tray around to each house in the neighborhood and give samples, because it was very important to them that everyone discover that you could eat dandelions!  

LOL, I hadn't thought of this in years.  Maybe next year I'll harvest a big batch of dandelion flowers and attempt wine instead.
 
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