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Perennials: Anybody use them in cooking?

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Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

March 4, 2006
11:34 PM

Post #2086910

The pansy and johnny jump ups we grow ourselves and know they're organic are great for salads and other things - these aren't mine, but I have decorated cupcakes with them before. They are great in salads too :)

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Everson, WA
(Zone 8a)

March 5, 2006
5:30 AM

Post #2087655

Dea, those are so beautiful. They are almost too beautiful to eat...almost...
Union Grove, AL

March 16, 2006
2:29 PM

Post #2116411

I use violets a good bit when they are in season, usually as a garnish as they are some trouble to pick for a main ingerdient, but i do use the leaves for most of the year. usually in salads or chopped in soups and omelets. The blue blossoms are esp nice added to the bowl in corn chowdwer, the flavor is great and the look is even better.


Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2006
3:36 AM

Post #2126998

I use them in salads here just for a visual pick me up. I love the cupcakes!!!

March 31, 2006
12:58 AM

Post #2151567

We had some Violet Cream chocolates for the first time in years over Christmas although they weren't quite the quality that allowed a little crystalised flower on the top. They do make such a showy topping for cakes though don't they!
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

June 18, 2006
3:03 AM

Post #2402623

One of my best memories was a huge field of violets in Iowa and we made violet jelly. It was beautiful put in old blue Mason jars.
Buffalo, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2006
4:06 PM

Post #2404187

It was beautiful. Do you remember how it tasted?
McLean, VA
(Zone 6b)

August 5, 2006
4:07 AM

Post #2588423

How do you make violet jelly?
Northeast Harbor, ME

January 27, 2007
2:40 AM

Post #3126956

Anyone remember violet candy? I've tried to cook with them but had a most unsatisfatory experience.
Quincy, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2007
7:27 PM

Post #3473473

I had both violet chocolates and rose chocolates when I was in the UK. Honestly - they tasted like chocolate-covered perfume. Ever get a little bit of perfume spray on your tongue? That's what they tasted like! I didn't like them at all.

I assume fresh violets and roses taste better. :)
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

February 27, 2012
3:49 PM

Post #9022413

so can you eat violas and pansies, both? And violets also?

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