Native to many countries, such as India and Hawaii, the trumpet-shaped hibiscus can be any colour from orange to white and can taste tart and tangy, yet sweet. Try the spot prawns with a hibiscus harissa at Il Fiorista in New York.
Fun fact: There are 679 species in the world.
Mostly found in temperate countries in the Northern Hemisphere, it has purple petals with heart-shaped leaves. At Top Paddock in Melbourne, the ricotta hotcake comes with edible flowers, including violets.
Fun fact: The ancient Greeks used violets to sweeten their wine.
Yellow to red in colour, they are native to northeastern Europe and Asia. Sample their distinctly herbal undertone in the white chrysanthemum gelato served at Singapore’s Birds of Paradise.
Fun fact: The Chinese utilise them as a natural remedy for inflammation.
This article was originally published in the April 2020 issue of SilverKris magazine