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Roses are Red, Violets are Delicious!

Candied edible flowers add a lovely touch as garnish to baked goods, salads and appetizers. Violets, Johnny-jump-ups, and Pansies are soon in season.

Candied Violets


Violets (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are serving edible flowers, there are a few rules to follow:

1. Make sure the species is safe for human consumption. Check with your local county agricultural extension office for a complete list.
2. Know your source. Flowers need to be free of pestcides, and/or herbicides.
3. Control the amount per serving. Introducing new foods can cause gastric distress for some people.
Candied Violets
Fresh violets rinsed and pat dry
1 egg white
castor (super fine sugar)

Gently coat all exposed area of the flower with egg white. Sprinkle with sugar. Repeat adding egg and sugar until completely covered.


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Place finished sugared flowers between wax paper and store in a cool dry place for one to two days or until hardened.

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
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