Pansies, one of the basic food groups

by simona on November 12, 2010

in Random

Who says flowers are just fit to be put in vases or made into jewelry?  You can wear them:  Yellow pansy earrings

Or you can eat them – they’re delicious, too!

Meet the amazing edible pansy.  First, ensure that the pansies you intend on consuming are not poisoned with chemical fertilizers and such.  We only use pansies we grow ourselves.  Ditto for the mint.  Get ready a few simple items:

couple of egg whites, in a bowl, lightly whipped with a fork
A small, soft craft brush
A large cookie sheet or tray covered with a paper towel
A wide bowl of fine caster or crystal sugar with a spoon in it

Now go pick your pansies and mint leaves, so they’re nice and perky-fresh.  Bring them inside, and inspect for aphids, caterpillars, or whatever bugs are in residence.  If you like, you can give the flowers a quick rinse in cold water.  Dry on paper towels.

Put on some relaxing music, sit down at your kitchen table, and get ready to play.  Paint a light coat of egg white onto the pansy or the mint leaf.  Hold it over the sugar bowl and sprinkle sugar onto the flower with the spoon in a light dusting layer.  Turn this way and that and repeat.  When you are satisfied with the look, move it over onto the paper covered tray.  Keep going!

When you run out of flowers or patience, whichever comes first, put the tray away into a dark place out of the dust (you may want to rig up a dust tent out of some wax paper if you like), and forget it about it for a couple of days.  Seriously, don’t touch it!

In a couple of days, this is what you’ll have:

not only can you just eat them all right now, but the mint leaves will also give you fresh breath.  Kind of like mint gum.  Minus the gum.

Your imagination is the only limit to the uses.  We used ours as cake decoration for a themed birthday party – it was an English Tea Party, and all the guests were asked to dress up as if to meet the queen.  We served individual chocolate brownie cakes in the shape of a hat, with the pansies and leaves decorating the brim.  I am no Joy, that’s for sure, but these were a great hit.  Just imagine if a wedding cake decorator got a hold of these… and matched the colors to the wedding… oh boy, the possibilities are endless!

Some words from experience:  When we say “lightly paint” with egg whites, that’s what we mean.  Don’t dip.  You’ll have a slobbery mess.  And, when we say “sprinkle sugar with a spoon”, that’s what really mean also.  Try dipping the pansy into the sugar, and you’ll have a giant white lump.  Are you going to try this?  Les us know!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca M. November 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

so creative! i’ll have to try these next time i have my friends over for brunch


Kate November 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm

These are so beautiful!!! Could you also do this with other edible flowers like rose petals?


simona November 13, 2010 at 1:01 am

Hi Kate, definitely! Rose petals would be beautiful. Any edible flower will work, such as carnation.
here’s a handy chart:


anonymous November 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Wow! what a great idea! Can you do this with any other herbs or leaves besides mint? It would look great on a cake if there were a couple different kinds of foliage…
Thank you for sharing! I will be sure to try it!


shelovesflowers November 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Wow! what a great idea! Do you know if you can do this with any other herbs or leaves? It would look great on a cake if there were a couple different kinds of green foliage!
Thank you so much for sharing, i will be sure to try it :)


simona November 13, 2010 at 1:41 am

Yes, of course, feel free to experiment. Look to the vegetable family – if it edible as a vegetable, you can certainly sugar preserve the leaves – how about young radish leaves? Even dandelions are edible. A young grape leaf is a pretty color, as well as nice shape. Have fun!


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