Did you know that pansies are edible? This whimsical springtime flower is not only a front-porch favorite, but it’s also a lovely food accent. Pansies are chock full of vital nutrients such as Vitamin C, Potassium, and Antioxidants. Their mild, fresh flavor has grassy notes and a minty, wintergreen aftertaste. These pretty little flowers serve as both décor and food – and they’re almost too pretty to eat.
1. Garnish a cake
Nothing lifts spirits quite like a beautiful cake on a special occasion. Perfect for weddings, birthdays, a baptism, or Mother’s Day, adding pansies as a cake topper is sure to be a pleasant surprise for guests. And when they find out they can eat the flowers? They will be so intrigued they won’t be able to resist.
This Cake Recipe from Buttered Side Up has us smitten. But really, you can bake any cake (or cupcakes!) and decorate the top with these whimsical springtime flowers.
2. Lift your mood with pansy popsicles!
These Bellini Popsicles with Edible Flowers from Honestly Yum are like a mimosa in popsicle form. Need we say more? Watch the kids run through the sprinklers while you enjoy the boozy refreshment of these springtime doozies. Go ahead and try your own recipes as well – do you have a favorite fruity cocktail you just can’t resist? Turn it into a popsicle and stir in some of these fragrant, fresh-tasting flowers. It’ll get you so ready for summertime.
3. Speaking of cocktails…
Girls night just got better. This Fleur Collins Cocktail from Hungry Girl por Vida is making our mouths water. This lush, minimally sweet, effervescent cocktail is perfect to whip together with a couple of friends. Featuring lemon juice, gin, St. Germain, Crème de Violette, and simple syrup, don’t forget the pansies for a sprinkle of happy on top. This is also a perfect idea for a bridal shower, ladies!
4. The happiest, most colorful salad you’ve ever seen
Springtime calls for a celebratory salad! For your next gathering, lift spirits by sprinkling some joy in with the greens. This Purple Kale and Pansy Salad from The View From Great Island is a delight. It’s a salad so gorgeous, you won’t want to eat it – but you’ll be so glad you did.
5. Garnish soup!
Have you ever seen anything so darling? You’ll fall in love with this Creamy Carrot Soup with Fresh Basil by In Sonnet’s Kitchen. The bright colors of the pansy flowers contrast against the vibrant orange of this carrot soup, and is sure to boost the mood of those that gather around your table.
Come on into Stockslagers for our healthy selection of pansies! We’ve got everything you need to brighten your porch, your garden, or your kitchen table. Stop on by and ask one of our knowledgeable staff members how to care for these beautiful flowers.