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Edible Beauty

Summer is the time to let some vegetables flower.  Not just for the seeds I can keep to plant next year but for the honeybees as well.  Most of these flowers are edible.  The only one I’m not sure of is the lettuce since I’ve never eaten it.  I do know that lettuce becomes bitter when it gets hotter and it will ooze a milky liquid when the stem is broken.  Even when I collect the seeds, it still oozes a milky liquid so I refrain from trying it.

These flowers also draw air traffic to our vegetable garden.  It’s fun to see a variety of bees and other insects foraging from flower to flower.

Arugula

Arugula

Chinese broccoli

Chinese broccoli

Kale

Kale

Lettuce

Lettuce

Mustard green

Mustard green

There is a remarkable similarity between mustard green and pac choi blossoms.  But note the tip of each petal.

Pac choi

Pac choi

Radish

Radish