3 Ways To Use Edible Orchids

Did you know that flowers aren't just for adding color to your yard or placing in a vase on the dining room table? There are several flowers that are also edible, like orchids. Although there are several different types of orchids, there are two main ones that are edible: vanilla and dendrobium orchids. Both are colorful and make a great garnish or tasty addition to a variety of different foods and beverages. Here are just a three of the ways to incorporate edible orchids into foods and beverages.

Baked Goods

Edible orchids can be used as a garnish for wedding cakes, cookies and other pastries. When decorating a wedding cake or other type of pastry, simply break the flower from the stem and place it strategically around the top and/or sides of the cake. The orchids will add color as well as flavor to each piece of the cake.  A word of caution: when using vanilla orchids, keep in mind that they do have a vanilla flavor, so use them with flavors that mix well with this flavoring, such as chocolate.


Whether you prefer an alcohol infused cocktail or a virgin beverage, an edible orchid can be used, individually, by placing it on top of the beverage after mixing, to add a flavorful pop of color to the drink, or you can tear the petals into small pieces and blend them throughout the beverage. To get the full flavor of an edible orchid, consider placing the bloom on the bottom of the glass and pouring the beverage over it. This will help to release the aroma and the full flavor of the flower.


Adding edible orchids to your salad will add color to the mix of leafy greens and will provide the salad with a hint of unexpected vanilla or sweetness, depending on which orchid you choose to use. If you prefer to have the flavor throughout the salad, consider adding a few petals to your favorite homemade vinegar and oil dressing.

When using edible orchids in foods and beverages, it's important to keep in mind that a small amount can go a long way. You should only eat the petals, never the stem, leaves or inner parts of the flower. Orchids can be used just like you would use any type of fresh or dried herb. When combining orchids with liquors, it's best to use clear liquors, such as gin, vodka or tequila. Click here, for more info on how to use these flowers.