Eat Your Pansies

SavvyMom April 8, 2016

Kids are enchanted by anything they can grow—doubly so if they can eat it, too.
But if your garden is small and crowded, and your child’s yearning to consume what he plants is bumping up against your desire for big showy blooms, consider planting something that will appeal to both of you: edible flowers.

Edible flowers have a surprising number of possible uses. You can sprinkle them on salads to add vibrant colour, freeze them inside ice cubes for elegant cocktails, throw them into exotic soups, or use them to scent jellies, ice creams or cakes. You can use them to make aromatic sugars, butters and flower waters. You can candy them for beautiful garnishes, make them into teas, or pair them with herbs to add flavour to seafoods and meats.

If you’re a kid, of course, you can just rinse the petals off with cool water and chomp on them. Many flower petals are rich in vitamins A and C.

According to Flowers Canada Retail, there are just a few basic safety rules for getting started. For one, it’s important to eat only flowers you’ve grown yourself. Start with a small quantity at first to rule out the possibility of allergies—and to see if you like the taste, of course!

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