Rosemary – Edible Leaves?

Q: I planted a creeping rosemary last fall and it has little blue flowers on it. Are they edible?

A: Joyce Cotter, president of the Chattahoochee Unit of the American Herb Society, says rosemary flowers are quite edible. She advises that you remove the green, leaf-like calyx at the base of the flowers and then scatter the petals lightly on hors d’oeuvres or salads. The flower taste is more intense than rosemary leaves. The herb society welcomes new members. You can get more information and recipes at www.cuhsa.org.