Food for thought from my friends at Dirt—a home for sharing stories and meals. Head to Dirt.com to explore more on sustainability, one mouthful at a time. When you’re a foodie, the exploration of Mother Nature’s offerings is truly infinite, as it serves as the fuel for authentic food experiences. And if there’s a culinary journey that deserves a chance, it’s the realm of edible flowers. Edible blooms honor the Earth beyond the produce aisle, and between the explosions of color and idiosyncratic flavors, they can seriously up your kitchen cred. Flowers are no longer limited to sterile centerpieces. Safe consumption is the top priority with edible blooms; it’s best to avoid chomping on just any flower. Parts of some flowers just aren’t safe to eat. The pollen-producing stamen and pistil in flowers may aggravate allergies. Additionally, most stores sell chemically-treated flowers and wildflowers might have been sprayed with pesticides. Fortunately, becoming a foraging expert overnight isn’t necessary. This is where your local florist comes in. “Most can special order edible blooms for you,” says Malori Maeva, owner of Hoot & Holler, a florist company based in Arizona. Some florists might even sell organic pesticide-free blooms at farmer’s markets. It provides yet another opportunity to support those that tend to the earth. Thoroughly wash your edible blooms before you use them. Stay curious and don’t be afraid to experiment with the versatile beauty of florals.