9. Flowers Flowers are nature's way of saying, "Take me!" Sure, many common foods are botanically flowers, like cauliflower, but many more common flowers are edible than you may know. Your flowering, overgrown basil plant? Just mince the flowers into the pesto, too. Chive blossoms? More assertive than the grassy herb. From squash blossoms to nasturtium, most look kind of pretty on plates, and add a slight, peppery zing.