Even a glass of water takes on a fresh sparkle with flowery ice cubes. Place rose petals, nasturtiums, pansies or the petals of any edible flower in an ice-cube tray and fill halfway with distilled water. After an hour, add more water and freeze again. Layering ensures that the blossom will stay in the centre and not float up.

Although edible flowers have become common garnishes in restaurants, it’s important to know what you’re putting into your mouth. Not all flowers are edible, and not all food purveyors are aware of the potential toxicity of some. The most common (and safest edible flowers) are nasturtium, pansy, violet, Johnny-jump-up, calendula, chive, and sage. These flowers are easily grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Many roses are delicious, but you need to be sure they are grown organically. A good rule of thumb is: If you cannot positively identify a flower as edible, don’t eat it.

flowery ice cubes are perfect for any occasion, try making your own today!