A growing community of flower shop owners and flower lovers is helping to spread the word about edible flower products.
As a result, the number of edible flower businesses has exploded.
“We have to be very careful about what we do with our products,” says Tara Lee, founder of flower business BeeBees, who also owns BeeSoda and is the creator of a series of cookbooks called The Art of Food and Flowers.
“It is very important that we do not use ingredients that are harmful to humans, like pesticides or synthetic hormones.
And we don’t want our flowers to smell like chemicals.”
She has been working with the American Academy of Botanical Gardens (AABG) to set guidelines for edible flower production.
Lee has been selling edible flowers for a few years now, and her own company, Flower Seeds, sells the products.
“I’ve been in the business for two years,” she says.
“A lot of my friends are doing it.
They’re all doing it.”
Lee is also the co-founder of the online flower and food community flower shops.
These small-batch shops make their own edible flower plants, which are then shipped to customers.
“When you go to a flower shop you can pick your own flowers, and you can see what kind of flowers they are,” Lee says.
In addition to selling edible flower items, the community grows their own herbs and flowers, which can then be grown and used in their own products.
The best part?
The flower shop can grow a lot of flowers in one year, she says, meaning it’s cheaper for customers.
Lee says her customers are often hesitant about using the products, but she says they are willing to learn more about the plant.
“The main reason they buy from me is because they are interested in the process,” she explains.
“They want to know how it’s grown, and they want to understand what they’re getting.
They want to learn what the process is like.
They are interested, and I am.
It’s a really important way for me to get out the word.”