FLOWER POWER… Flower Pepper!

Feb 18, 2015 | Gardening, Recipes | 8 comments

Flower Pepepr

If you are like me you are busy planning your garden… tossing and turning at night… thinking about the new things in your garden that you want to try.

This year you MUST grow everything you need to make Flower Pepper.

I know I just included this in my savory steak rub recipe a few weeks ago

venison steak rub

but I thought I’d give some more details based on feedback…

Get out your seed catalogs and be sure to order Calendula and Nasturtium seeds.  And make plans to put in some lavender plants because you really must have this flower pepper in your kitchen.  It’s absolutely amazing (on scrambled eggs… oh my gosh!) and as I write my cookbook I can’t help but include it in so many recipes as it’s a staple in our kitchen!

Flower pepper recipe

Nasturtium are a MUST for your garden.  I plant mine right in with my kale and broccoli as it deposits calcium into the soil and kale and broccoli LOVE calcium.  Fresh nasturtium are excellent on salads and my girls have made it their responsibility to harvest the flowers and store them in a safe place in our kitchen as they dry out.


Calendula is prolific.  Once you buy seeds you’ll never need to buy them again.  Simply dead head the flowers for harvest as they grow and watch new flowers appear weeks later.  In autumn let them grow without cutting them back and watch their amazing, sea-urchin looking seed pods appear prime for the picking.



So let’s talk about how your going to make this stuff next fall!

Here’s what you are going to need!


I love rainbow peppercorns.

The color!

The flavor!

Did I mention the flavor?


Flower Pepper


Now dry out that lemon zest and throw everything in a jar and…


Pour everything into a grinder… et voila!

Flower Pepper

It’s so important for me to search out ways to make every day life more beautiful.  It may sound crazy but this simple recipe does that for me.  The entire process pleases me.  Planting the seeds, enjoying the fresh flowers during the summer and the fun of harvesting them with my girls.  The fragrance of the peppercorns when you dump them into the ball jar to shake them up and the fresh smell of the lemon zest!  I promise if you make this Flower Pepper you’ll never use regular pepper again.  I mean, look at it!  It’s gorgeous!  I just love seeing it on my counter and we use it every day and you will too!

Enjoy!  Enjoy!  Enjoy!

Parisienne Farmgirl


  1. Pam Moore

    Thanks for posting this. I was hoping you would share how to make it. I will definitely do this in the fall. My husband accidentally killed my lavender last year, so I’m going to have to replant this spring. I also planted calendula and nasturtiums for the first time last year. The nasturtiums didn’t even grow. I’ll try again this year with better seeds. I had just picked them up in the store instead of ordering them with the rest of my seeds. But, calendula…I’m hooked! I loved adding the petals to my salads. And, they grew like crazy. I want them everywhere this year. 🙂

  2. Daniela

    Dear Angela
    Thank you so very much for this recipe. As I read it I already could smell ist;-)
    So I had to go to the grocery store and get all the ingredeants to mix this flower pepper. Only the zest of lemon have still to dry. And I will order the seeds to have them in my garden this year.
    I absolutely adore your blog, your style of decorating , your gardening, farm live, essential oils etc and you don`t know how much you inspire me again and again.
    And I also will order your macaron tutorial (here in Switzerland there is a bakery called “Sprüngli” who is famous for their macarons).
    Hope you will show us lot of pictures from inside and outside your farm, Angela.

    xoxo from Switzerland

    • Parisienne Farmgirl

      Daniela! Thank you so very much for your kind words! I can’t wait to hear how you enjoy your flower pepper. Please let me know.
      And yes, we have so much more in store the Parisienne Farmgirl this year. LOTS of photos and fun!
      Thank you so much for reading!

  3. Mary Beth

    Thank you Angela for posting this. Ironically I’ve already got calendula and lavender in the garden, all I need are the nasturtiums. Can’t wait…it would make a lovely little hostess gift too wouldn’t it. Thanks so much!
    Mary Beth

  4. Aisling

    What a wonderful idea and a great way to add a bit of glamour to every day. I am going to see if i can find the ingredients for sale here as it is the end of summer. I have dried lavender for cookies – so that is a start! Aisling (from New Zealand)

  5. Fiona Sanders

    Love this! It is right up my alley! The only thing I’m missing is the nasturtium. How do you dry your lemon zest? Do you spread it on a paper towel? Maybe let it sit overnight? This sounds so yummy! Can’t wait to do the goat cheese and fruit too. God bless! Hugs!

    • Parisienne Farmgirl

      Fiona – You are going to love this.
      I just let my lemon zest dry on a plate. No big deal.
      Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

  6. Kristi

    I really want to try and make this! You need an ETSY shop so I can buy one of yours to try it!! 😉 I love all your recipes!


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